Volunteers transformed Millie’s room to include a sensory room and wet room - they also had a special surprise for Millie’s brother and sister
'Fat’ lads and lasses transform the home of South Bank girl born with severe disabilities
For the past seven months, fundraising force Fat Lads on Bikes have teamed up with firms from across Teesside to help bring joy to lives of Millie-Mai Mann and her family.
Millie, from South Bank, Middlesbrough, suffered brain damage at birth and was given a life expectancy of only five years. Now aged nine, Millie can’t walk, can’t communicate and as she grows up, she requires more space and specialist equipment to live a better quality of life.
Millie’s parents, James and Aimee Mann, who describe Millie as the happiest little girl they know, have been trying to raise the funds to build their daughter a specialist wet-room and sensory room through their gofundme page With Millie-ions Of Love.
When Teesside fundraisers Fat lads on Bikes heard about their plight, they took it upon themselves to not only raise the funds for wet-room and sensory rooms but to build them as well.
And this week, all the hard work paid off when the Fat Lads were finally able to reveal the finished article.
Neal Bullock from Fat Lads on Bikes said: “We did it the whole thing over three days. Everyone worked flat out completely voluntarily.
“We moved the whole family out to Redworth Hall who put them up for three days - complimentary - they treated them like VIPs, we can’t thank them enough.
“We worked so hard to get everything finished but when I saw Millie’s face when she came in - it was worth it.
“Doing this has been such a big part of my life, when I got home the night we finished I just broke down in tears.”
Not only did the volunteers transform Millie’s room to include a sensory room and wet room, they also had a special surprise for Millie’s brother James, 12, and sister Ebonie, 11.
Neal said: “We didn’t want to leave James and Ebonie out so we completely redecorated their rooms as well.
“Ebonie’s is a real girl’s room while James’ is a proper gamer room.”
All of the materials and labour were provided free of charge by local firms and individuals.
Neal, 42, said: “All of the carpets were donated by Peter Maley, the materials for the wetroom were provided free-of-charge by MB Decor and all the paint was given to us by Crown Paints.
“We need to thank everyone who came and helped make this happen, especially Dave Kay, Shaun Cooper of Aspect Plastering & Building and Guy Powell who were amazing.
“We also need to thank Polyflor UK, The Finlay Cooper Fund, Pinnacle Flooring, Ellen Timney Foundation,”
Millie’s dad James, 43, said: “It’s unbelievable what they’ve done for us - they must all have hearts of gold,
“When she saw it, Millie was taking it all in and looking around.
“I can’t thank them enough, Neal is an absolute legend.”
Mum, Aimee, 32, said: “It’s absolutely amazing. When the kids saw their rooms it just blew them away.”