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Tile & Stone Gallery steps up for DIY SOS

6 December 2017

Tile & Stone Gallery, BAL and Johnsons have helped improve the life of a man left incapacitated after a mindless attack by football hooligans.

Tile & Stone Gallery joined forces with tile adhesives and grouts company BAL and tile company Johnsons to provide tiles, adhesives and grout to help the BBC DIY SOS programme improve the home of Simon Dobbin.

Simon was left with brain damage after an unprovoked attack by football thugs in March 2015.

He was attacked by a group of 25 men after watching his team, Cambridge United, play away at Southend United in Essex.

The brutal attack left Simon fighting for his life after a stroke and bleed on the brain which left him with permanent brain damage. Thirteen men were subsequently convicted for the attack and jailed for more than 42 years in total.

In order to help Simon, the BBC issued a call-out for volunteers to donate their skills, time, efforts and products to help the DIY SOS team make alterations to Simon’s home in Mildenhall, Suffolk, to make life easier for him, his wife, Nicola, and their children.

After hearing of the call, Jonathan Newton, the Tile & Stone Gallery Senior Manager from the parent Ceramic Tiles Group, agreed to be the tile supplier with Johnsons supplying the tiles. BAL was subsequently approached and agreed to supply adhesives and grouts for the project.

Taking nine days, the work included a downstairs extension and bespoke care provision needs.

Nicola, who is now caring for Simon full time, said before the work started: “I’m totally and utterly overwhelmed by all the offers of help. I’m very excited that Simon will now have the space he deserves. The changes that will be made to the house will improve not only Simon’s life, but ours as a family.”

Jonathan Newton said: “Having grown up in the area I was already aware of the awful injuries inflicted on Simon and the effect this had had on him and his family.

"As soon as the company became aware that the DIY SOS team were involved we immediately wanted to help and after speaking to my Managing Director, Nick Braybrooke, we decided to do whatever we could.

"This story shows the generosity of people and it’s pleasing to see how willing so many people have been to give up their time and resources to help others in need.”

Alex Underwood, Head of Marketing at BAL, added: “This is a great example of local tradespeople and companies coming together to help give Simon the home that he deserves. We were delighted to be able to provide the adhesive and grout for this great project that will improve the life of Simon and his family.”

No date has yet been set for the programme to be aired.


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