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New Year - New Home

20/12/2016

Five years ago, whilst serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan, Corporal Phil Eaglesham contracted Q Fever. This relatively rare disease is degenerative and has already resulted in Phil becoming wheelchair bound.

Phil, his wife Julie, and their three boys, Travis 13, Tyler 9 and Mason 6, live in Taunton. However, their current home is becoming increasingly inaccessible for Phil. As his condition deteriorates simple things like tucking his children in at night are becoming impossible.

The Royal Marines Charity realised that the most important thing was to keep the family together, and in order to do that, a specially adapted home would be needed; the only way to achieve the bespoke home that Phil and his family so desperately need was to build it from scratch.  To ensure optimal use of its funds the Charity pursued an intelligent approach and actively engaged support from the construction industry to make the dream a reality.

The Royal Marines Charity are delighted to report that the house is fast approaching completion thanks to the incredible support provided by the south west construction sector, many of whom have donated materials and labour free of charge working to a demanding schedule to deliver the house to the precise specification.

Sharky Ward, DCEO, of The Royal Marines Charity said, “I am truly humbled by the support we have received and the new friends we have made on this journey, the biggest individual project undertaken to date by the Royal Marines Charity.  I pass my sincere thanks to everyone who has helped in so many different ways to get the project this far”

The team is working every hour possible to complete the build ready for the family to move in by the end of Jan 2017. 

Mark Coton, Haldon Construction, and Project Manager for the build offered, Haldons are delighted to be providing Project Management and Quantity Surveying services supporting The Royal Marines Charity to provide a home which is safe and suits the specific needs of Phil and his family"

Phil is hugely grateful to the Charity and businesses that have made this project possible.

“Words could never express how grateful and thankful we are.  Thank you could never be enough.  This house gives us the chance to make a life and a future again”.  

The Royal Marines Charity is now seeking support for the finishing touches in January to help carpet the second floor, install a perimeter fence and landscape the garden.  If you’d like to join this incredible project please contact sharky.ward@theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk

The Royal Marines Charity would like to thank everyone involved for their outstanding commitment and generosity – we are hugely grateful.