Home makeover for terminally ill mum

Home makeover for terminally ill mum AMAZED: Karin Reynolds and daughter Matilda explore Matilda’s made-over room.
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GRATEFUL: Karin Reynolds hugs Karen Stackman after seeing the new-look home for the first time.

BEFORE: Ms Reynolds sitting in her home before the renovations. Picture: Simone De Peak

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— Sage Swinton (@sageswinton) April 30, 2017Karin Reynolds sees her daughter Matilda’s new look room for the first time @MaitlandMercurypic.twitter南京夜网/Z7ekL0EzJq

— Sage Swinton (@sageswinton) April 30, 2017Friends transform homeIt wasan emotional monthfor the Metford community members who spearheaded the renovation of a terminally ill mother’shome.

Fairfax Mediareported in April that Karin Reynolds, who has terminal cancer and lives in public housing with her children, wanted to leave behind a clean, safe home for her family to live in when she passes.

Ms Reynold’s friendsKaren Stackman and Belinda Fitzpatrick began assembling volunteers, donations and lobbying the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to get on board.

And they succeeded –the department agreed to provide afull kitchen upgrade, tile repairs in the kitchen and bathroomand other minor repairs.

In addition they provided temporary accommodation for the family while works were carried out.

For more than three weeks a core group of volunteers worked tirelessly with the help of local businesses to transform the run-down property.

“We’ve laid flooring in the girl’s room, had blinds installed in every room, had the floor stripped and sealed…painted every room,” Ms Stackman said.

On Friday it all came together when the Reynolds family returned home.

“It feels magnificent,” Ms Stackman said.“It has been harder than we thought, but we got there.

“We’re very proud.”

Ms Stackman said each of the volunteers had dealt with their own personal and family issues over the past month, compounding the challenge, but there was one thing that kept them slogging through the work.

“The kids and Karin –[the kids]need somewhere to spend their final times with their mum,” Ms Stackman said.

Ms Stackman said the team’s mood was lifted when they heard FACS wasrevamping the kitchen.

“We weren’t expecting that, it was great they jumped on board to help out,” she said.

“Extraordinary. Without their help this wouldn’t have happened.”

Ms Stackman thanked the numerous local businesses and tradespeople who donated equipment, skills and material –from doors to paint –to the project.

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