DIY SOS: Hornchurch furniture company comes to the aid of policeman paralysed by Westminster terror attack
PUBLISHED: 13:07 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:20 08 March 2018
A Hornchurch furniture company helped transform the home of a policeman paralysed by a terror attack.
Home Interiors by Anscombs in Squirrels Heath Lane were part of an army of volunteers who worked at police officer Kris Aves’ home for nine days with Nick Knowles on the BBC programme, DIY SOS.
Kris had been at Scotland Yard to receive a commendation for his work as a police liaison officer on March 22, 2017.
He was struck on Westminster Bridge by Khalid Masood’s car.
Kris suffered two broken legs and spinal cord damage which left him paralysed.
The police officer was unable to return to his home because his wheelchair could not fit in the house.
DIY SOS received on overwhelming response of more than 900 volunteers offering to help transform Kris’ home.
Home Interiors became involved through mutual friends who are London Metropolitan police officers.
Debbie Anscomb, owner of Anscombs told the Recorder: “One of the designers, Gabrielle Blackman particularly liked our website, because she saw that we would be able to do something a bit more bespoke and special.
“She also liked the fact that we’re a small family business.”
Debbie runs the business with her husband Devin, and together with their assistants they worked on the bedrooms and kitchen in Kris’ home.
She said: “We went to a set meeting before the show started to talk about how the family wanted to have their new bedroom.”
“We worked alongside the team to build the family new draws and wardrobes that are particularly accessible, so that Kris can still use them.”
On the big reveal day, Debbie explained that the family were extremely happy with the final result.
“The family said that they just want everything to go back to normal,” said Debbie.
“When they asked like the little boy which bit he liked best, he didn’t know what to choose and just said he liked, ‘everything’.
“The family particularly loved the bedroom, because the sliding wardrobe doors meant that Kris could still open them from his wheelchair.
The special DIY SOS episode aired at 8pm on Wednesday, March 7.