Community cash funds bathroom

A young wheelchair-bound girl will get a proper bathroom at her dad’s house, thanks to the kindness of Daventry people.

Ian Margieson bought a house in Ganton Close, Daventry, with a view to converting part of the downstairs into a wet room with specialist equipment for his nine-year-old daughter Harriet, a quadriplegic who uses a wheelchair and requires around-the-clock care.

However, because a facility was available at Harriet’s mother’s house in Byfield, he was refused a DDC grant.

Since then several fundraising events have been held in Daventry for Harriet, and now Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund has donated £1,200.

Mr Margieson said: “In a way I’m glad DDC turned us down, because although that led us to a crisis point, this bathroom has been provided through the kindness of local people.

“We’ve had the money from Helping Hands, which receives money from local people. Homebase and Plumbase in town have helped. Our contractors are local and have given their own time around jobs and family.

“People who have fundraised have been local, and I still get stopped on the street asking how it’s going. We’ve been so lucky.

“Now we’ve got the funds, my overwhelming feeling is relief. The bathroom will make a real difference to Harriet’s life. She’s really excited, particularly about a showerhead that has LEDs inside which shine down the water like a rainbow.”