Helpers to the rescue

Ray and Ruth Wilson with Summit Building Group building manager Jeff Edgar outside the couple’s newly refurbished Herne Hill home.
Ray and Ruth Wilson with Summit Building Group building manager Jeff Edgar outside the couple’s newly refurbished Herne Hill home.

A MYAREE builder helped deliver an early Christmas present to a deserving Herne Hill couple.

Summit Homes Group partnered with Channel 9’s Matt and Kim to the Rescue to transform the home of Ray and Ruth Wilson.

Mrs Wilson battled brain cancer before years later experiencing a stroke that paralysed half of her body and left her in a wheelchair.

After investing all of his savings to take care of his wife and elderly father, Mr Wilson lacked the funds to make the renovations necessary to adapt his 1970s-era house into a wheelchair- friendly home.

Summit’s building manager Jeff Edgar, who was joined by close to 200 Summit volunteers for the duration of the filming, said the project was about giving something back to a family in need and helping improve the quality of life for both Mr and Mrs Wilson.

“The home as it stood was a representation of what a struggle the couple had been through,” Mr Edgar said.

“It was in major need of a facelift, with ceilings and walls significantly cracked, practically to the point of being uninhabitable, and the design itself was boxy and just didn’t flow.

“Our main requirement in transforming the home was to improve functionality and flow. The entire home was transformed; literally every room inside as well as major work outside, which saw the addition of an alfresco kitchen, pool, putting green, vegetable garden and landscaped gardens – all in just four days.”

Mr Wilson said the renovation had been a huge improvement for his wife.

“Bigger door frames and facilities in the bathroom have been the best part,” he said.

“The mobility is just so much better, not just for Ruth but for her carers that regularly visit.”

Mrs Wilson is looking forward to hosting the family for Christmas this year.