The 2013 Hero Project has been up and running for 2½ weeks and so far 338 tradesmen have pledged their support. This really shows how generous MyBuilder tradesmen are, and how they can make such a difference to people’s lives.

80 hero jobs have been posted so far, and entries will continue to be open until midnight on Sunday, December 15th. All homeowners have to do is post their story with a picture, explaining what they want done and why they deserve a hero like you.

Brooke Cornwell’s story and video

In the course of this year’s project we have come across lots of touching stories, which make us glad that we started the Hero Project and proud of our tradesmen – but there is one particular story that we want to share because this family have been through so much.

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Eight years ago Amber’s daughter, Brooke, was born with a potentially fatal form of anaemia. Every day has been a battle to keep her alive and give her a normal life.

Brooke has a sister, Felicity. Managing two children can be hard enough but when one is sick, it is even tougher. Her Mum and Dad, Amber and Nick, have had to work all hours to keep the family going. Often Amber would do a night shift at a bakery, sleep for a couple of hours and then get up to take Brooke for one of her regular blood transfusions.

Recently the family suffered a huge blow. Doctors told them that Brooke needed a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible, so in January she goes into hospital for the complicated and, at times, unpleasant treatment. Before she can come home, the house has to be stripped – carpets and all – and sterilised to avoid risk of infection. Brooke’s much loved dog, Rosebud, will have to go to live with Grandma.

Sorting the house little by little

When you are as stretched as the Cornwell family, the first thing to go is the house. It’s something we see all the time on MyBuilder. You don’t have the time or the energy for repairs or renovations when you are coping with financial or emotional upheavals – but sorting the house will be a matter of life and death for Brooke so it will have to be done.

Luckily Grandma Christine is a practical and positive sort. She believes in breaking problems down into small pieces that can solved bit by bit. Amber’s power shower hadn’t worked for ages so when she spotted the Hero project on our site, she took the initiative and posted a job. A few days later, plumber James of Rothwell James turned up on Amber’s doorstep, ready to help. He donated two days to the family and for the first time in 2½ years Brooke can take a shower.