Nolan Rooms and his family have received the keys to their new, fully accessible Martin Locke Home which they say has changed their lives and built an independent future for Nolan who is living with cerebral palsy.
The overwhelming generosity of a group of over 60 Townsville construction trades and businesses helped Martin Locke Homes (MLH) raise in excess of $150,000 to build the home affectionately called ‘Nolan’s Home’.
Together with MLH, which contributed $50,000 towards the build, the businesses donated labour, products, expertise and funds showing generosity that has humbled Builder Martin Locke.
“This home is literally life-changing for Nolan and his family and the willingness of so many local businesses to unite and make a difference for someone else at a time when many are struggling themselves, I believe demonstrates the true strength of the Townsville Construction Industry which MLH is proud to be a part of,” Director Martin Locke said.
“Initially we set out to raise $100,000 to make Nolan’s Home a reality for the Rooms family and we thought that was overly ambitious.
“But the response by our ‘family’ of trades and suppliers has been so overwhelming that we have raised enough to not only build Nolan’s Home, but to ensure it is truly a forever home that caters for his needs as he grows.
“We have been able to install a ceiling hoist system, a fully-accessible, heated therapy pool, accessible pathways around the home and we are also able to provide some surplus funds to our Landscaper to go towards irrigation and turf after handover.”
Five year-old Nolan was born prematurely at just 26 weeks, when an infection resulted in a brain injury that left him living with cerebral palsy.
His trademark smile has remained ever-present, but as Nolan grew his parents, Christian and Nicole, knew he was craving independence and the basic right to move around his own home to take part in everyday family life, just like his little brothers Sammy and Caiden.
Nolan’s Home has been designed step-free and fully accessible to ensure he can move freely and safely throughout it including bathrooms, kitchen, hallways and transitions from inside to out.
His Mum and Dad had worked, borrowed and fundraised as much as they could but still fell short of securing the loan that would build their dream forever family home.
The couple, who never rest in advocating for their son’s independent future, say they cannot believe what MLH and its trades and suppliers have been able to achieve for their family.
“Today is an absolute dream come true,” Nolan‘s Dad Christian said.
“This home has changed Nolan’s life by providing him with independence around his home that he never would have experienced otherwise, as well as the ability to access therapy within his own home. It’s changed our family life too – it means he can be part of family home life without barriers.
“We feel like we can never possibly thank MLH and all of the wonderful trades and suppliers who have helped us along the way enough.
“But we will do our best to share this gift with others by opening our home and treatment room and pool for other young children to access therapies they need to grow and flourish like Nolan.”