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Thanks to the generosity and donations from our generous supporters including local & national companies, The Royal Marines Charity has been able to deliver one of the biggest and most ambitious projects it has ever undertaken. This week we were delighted to be able to give the Eaglesham family the keys to their new home.
Corporal Phillip Eaglesham deployed to Afghanistan on his third operational tour with the Royal Marines in March 2010. Whilst preparing to leave for home in October 2010 he became ill.
“I presumed I had the flu and was told that I would be given something for the symptoms. I spent the majority of the time in bed, only venturing out when it was absolutely necessary. At this point neither I nor the medics were worried too much.”
After a short stay in hospital in Cyprus, Phillip returned home, to be greeted by a worried wife and new born baby. Two weeks later with the symptoms still apparent Phillip was admitted to hospital in Birmingham, following numerous tests, they confirmed that Phillip has contracted Q Fever. Phillip’s condition deteriorated over time, to the extent where he could no longer access the majority of his house, and simple things like tucking his children in at night were a distant memory.
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 was required. Following close consultation with the Royal Marines and Royal Navy, the Royal Marines Charity undertook to design and build a bespoke house to meet the family’s current and future needs. The Charity pursued the project through a mixture of networking to source support from the construction industry free of charge wherever possible, and paying for other services
Sharky Ward, DCEO of The Royal Marines Charity said: "As a relatively small charity we had to take an intelligent approach to support the Eaglesham family. Thanks to the incredible support we have received from the construction sector we have made a dream become a reality.”
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. Just over a year ago I tried to take my own life. This house give us the chance to make a life and a future again. The independence that the house layout will give me is second to none. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank The Royal Marine Charity, its supporters and everyone that has given their time and effort to help us with this life changing project.”
The completed house incorporates open a plan kitchen/dining area leading to the lounge, connecting to a master bedroom with en-suite wet room. Stairs and lift lead to the first floor, with 4 double bedrooms and two bathrooms for the growing family and to provide space for carers should this be required in the future. The ground floor accommodation, with integral garage, provides level access via bi-folding doors from the lounge to a patio area linking the accommodation to the level south facing garden. Lifting hoists and rails are installed to the lounge and master bedroom to assist Phil transfer from his wheelchair independently, and a security surveillance system to allow Phillip to control access to the house from the lounge. Underfloor heating to the ground floor ensures radiant heat and optimises wall space, and roof mounted solar panels are installed to reduce energy bills.
The Royal Marines Charity would like to convey their sincere thanks, to those who donated services and materials to the project, including:
Haldons Chartered Surveyors, Persimmon Homes, Grainge Architects, Mundy Construction, Howdens, Michelmores Solicitors, Stafford and Coomber, Brothwell Irvine, Arjohuntleigh, Pasquill, Taunton Fabrications, Edenhall, Timoleon, and the team on site managed by Paul Edwards.
Sharky Ward, DCEO of The Royal Marines Charity said “My particular thanks to Persimmon Homes for donating the plot, Grainge Architects for designing the build, and to our project manager Mark Coton of Haldons Chartered Surveyors, who has worked tirelessly FOC on this build over the past 18 months.”