Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Sandy builds her dream home after meningitis, with PLG

Andy Hopkinson | 4th March 2022

We were delighted to be the first charity to feature on the PLG website, as the leading disability property specialist highlighted the work of third sector organisations they’re connected with

Sandy builds her dream home with PLG after meningitis

PLG spoke to our chief executive Dr Tom Nutt about the impact of Covid over the last two years and how we are now looking to rebuild as things return to normal.

Tom told them: “Covid in fact brought back to some meningitis survivors the emotional trauma that a dreadful infectious disease can bring to them and their loved ones. And, as it was for us all, the isolation of lockdowns meant sometimes dealing with that trauma alone. So having the support of Meningitis Now on hand was never more important.”

You can read the full article here.

Perfect property for people with disabilities

PLG are a property organisation who find and create the perfect property for people with disabilities that are ready to be lived in, loved and enjoyed. In the short term this entails finding the right rental property to suit an individual’s specific needs. Longer term, they find and create aspirational, award-winning forever homes.

Which is what they have just done for meningitis survivor Sandy.

Sandy is now enjoying her specially adapted accommodation to help her restore her quality of life. 

“Wow, this is my house!” were her first words when she saw her new home completed. She said herself that there was “blood, sweat and tears” put into getting this house just perfect and it was certainly an emotional journey for all involved.

Fiercely independent

Sandy was left with multiple limb loss and some cognitive impairment as a consequence of meningitis, which should have been diagnosed sooner. But she was fiercely independent and determined to have a property in which she could live by herself.

PLG became involved when Sandy was seven months pregnant and living in a one-bedroom flat. With the clock ticking PLG first settled her into a rental property, making the necessary adaptations including installing ramps and a wet room in time for the arrival of her baby.

After she had moved into the rental property the search began for Sandy’s permanent home. This was finally located close to all local amenities. The property that had been on the site was demolished and Sandy’s dream home was built. And Sandy has had so much say in how the property was going to look and work.

Before...

Sandy builds her dream home with PLG after meningitis - Before

All the independence she wants

She was involved in where the property was going to be and then at every stage of the planning and building. And she has been able to create the perfect family home from scratch which accommodates her particular needs and gives her all the independence she wants.

Six months ago she cut the ribbon on her beautiful new home. And as she said herself on handover day – “what’s not to like about it?”

...and after!

Sandy builds her dream home with PLG after meningitis - After

You can read more about Sandy’s story and watch a video case study on the PLG website.

Find out more about PLG and their disability property services.

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