Help Me Get A House with no Stairs

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Raised by 90 people in 23 months

Hi My name is Ron Coleman and this is my story I was taken into the psychiatric system when I was 21 years old. I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and spent 7.5 years as an inpatient in psychiatric wards mostly locked throughout the 1980s' and into the 1990s' I was given ECT 40 times in this ten year period. In 1991 I became part of the Hearing Voices Network in manchester and this changed my Life I then spent 27 years paying back What people like Romme and Escher, Paul Baker, Terry McCloughlan  Julie Downs, Mary Black, Lyndsey Cook and many others who freely gave me the support that allowed me to take my life back. This has included working with people who cannot access Voices support in  our own home or in the Recovery House we had on the Isle of Lewis We mainly funded this ourself with people working at the house for free and some donations. On average we put in £22,000 a year from our own income to keep the house open then things started to go wrong with my health.   Over the last couple of years my Physical health has gone down hill. I had a couple of heart attacks which resulted in a number of operations to put stents in. I then had my cartoid artery opened and cleaned out as it was reducing blood flow to my brain. I have now been diagnosed with a mild cognative impairment and this is making me have memory Problems especially with short term memory. I have also fallen a couple of times and can no longer really work by myself I am also finding stairs harder and harder and scary to go up and down.
I am receiving treatment for the symptoms but need to move house to one without stairs. We have the house but it needs to be refurbished in that it needs a bathroom, kitchen, a Wet room and a second bedroom for our daughter new windows doors etc This will allow me to retain my independence for longer and also allow me to continue being a house husband and confidently look after our 14 year old when karen goes off to work.
We would like to get the work done as quickly as possible so we can move to the cottage. Trades prepared to come and give time also welcome Happy to give back by working with people or their loved ones through their mental health issues.

My intention is to work as much as I can over the next couple of years alongside Karen and to continue to Vlog, Blog and write as much as possible
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Hi all just a quick update we have now got planning permission and we are now just only a bit over £1000 more needed to reach our target A lot has been happening and I will send more info out soon
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plan of new house
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with £3,200 left to raise I thought this would be a good time for an update, Health wise I am doing okay though things sometimes feel hard. I sometimes find myself sitting at the computer and realising that an hour has just passed and i cannot remember any of that time I went to see house with no stairs is looking and Karen has done wonders in the garden and cleaned up some of the Rubbish left in the garden. The house we currently live in goes on the market this week and once we sell we will put the full plan into action speak soon and thank you Ron C
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Hi everybody quick update things are moving faster now that we are in spring and we are also getting near our target we are now up to £15,574 thanks to all who have donated . We are just £4,426 away from the £20,000 Target. So please pass it on to anyone you think might like to help and Thanks again
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Posted by Ron Coleman
23 months ago ago
A letter from Karen

Thank you, very much for your donation or for thinking about making a donation I wanted to let you Know how your support will be used.

Your support will help us to develop the croft house in a way that will ensure that no matter what happens we will have a house that Ron can live in. The cottage will look totally different from what was there before, we have already knocked the kitchen, bathroom & Sitting room into one and taken out the ceiling, we have two Velux windows to put in for extra light, the big bedroom has been gutted and taken back to stone,
new insulation fitted and is nearly finished just needs a new lintel in one of the windows,

The back kitchen/utility and bedroom will be knocked down and a timber framed extension put up that includes a wet room with a disabled access that will see Ron through as his health worsens, he has two ulcers on his big toes, they had almost healed but flared up again a couple of weeks ago and made walking more difficult for him. The Rayburn will come out and be replaced by a multi fuel stove for heat only. We will also be able to create a garden with raised beds and a poly tunnel so we can live more sustainably and grow most of our vegetables worrying less about the Hebridean weather.

We hope to convert the office space and big room (in the old barn) into a self-contained unit where Rory will be for the next year then we plan to use it as an air B&B so we have a bit of income in the future. We will also use it to house guests and people coming up to work with Ron & myself anyone who donates are also welcome up free of charge when its available. Karen hopes to complete a spiritual companions course by next summer and this will hopefully open up an income stream for her as our work changes.

We will sell our Knockaird house to pay off our mortgage and to close Working to Recovery UK down, pay any outstanding monies that will fall due to tax man, Vat Man etc, as Ron can no longer be a director because of his condition This will mean we can live life more simply something that both of us are looking forward too.

Ron wants to continue working as long as possible doing training and speaking at events, but realistically if his memory continues to slide Ron will finish working off island by the end of next year but this will depend on health hopefully he will keep going for longer.

So we are trying to be sensible and practical -I know unusual for us. Ron is writing loads at the moment, including a lot of poetry something he hasn’t done for years.

Thanks again for either thinking of donating or donating, it has taken a lot for Ron to start this campaign, I think he is trying to make sure we are ok as a family particularly as we still have a 14 year old (as Ron Says Scary daughter) still at home.

the back that needs knocking down
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