Daventry couple say thank you to the community for helping out Harriet

Harriet with father Ian and John Sutton, who built the new room.
Harriet with father Ian and John Sutton, who built the new room.

A couple from Daventry has said thank you to community supporters who helped make a massive difference to the life of Harriet Margieson.

Harriet’s father Ian and stepmother Christa launched an appeal to help turn a room at their home in Ganton Close on the Southbrook estate into a wet room to help her in the morning.

The wet room was finished earlier this month and it will make a massive difference to the life of the 10-year-old, who is quadriplegic, uses a wheelchair and requires around the clock care.

Christa said: “Before we had the wet room, Ian would have to carry Harriet up the stairs to the bathroom and then dangle her over the bath while she washed. It was extremely difficult for Harriet.”

Ian added: “It has made a massive difference having this room for Harriet. She loves the new room and is really happy.

“It is very relaxing environment for her to wash and have a bath now.”

Ian had previously asked Daventry District Council (DDC) about funds for a wet room in his house for Harriet to use. However, the council turned down his request as the facility was already available at Harriet’s mother’s house in Byfield where she and her sister spend half their time.

Ian said: “I then put a message on Facebook not knowing where to turn and lots of people offered to help build this wet room. The United Reformed Church, but in particular Liz Adams, was instrumental in helping us out. They organised a table top sale.”

Christa added: “We wanted to say a big thank you to Waitrose in Daventry and Helping Hands, who have helped a lot with Harriet over the years.

“DSLV, St James’ Infants and Ashby Fields Primary schools had non uniform days, while TBS, Plumbase and Alpine Carpet Warehouse and Homebase all helped with equipment.

“And a big thank you to John Sutton from Sutton’s Property Maintenance. He has more or less built the wet room from scratch with any time he had spare.”

Ian said: “It has been amazing the generosity from people out there. It feels much more special to us that this room was completed with the help from the people of Daventry.

“It is great to know people care so much.”