Bedroom makeover begins for special Hornchurch teen

A Hornchurch teen who helped her parents care for more than 40 foster children is having her bedroom transformed in a dream makeover.

Work started on Monday after Sanders Drapers School student Tia McCarthy, 14, won the Princes Building Competition - a DIY SOS-style renovation worth �9,000, in June.

Foster mum of 44 Serena nominated her daughter because the girl had helped decorate the rooms of others over the years in the Kempton Road home. But hers had been untouched for more than a decade.

Serena said: “Tia’s so excited; she can’t wait for it to be finished. Her room was very outdated, all Barbie stuff.

“She helped chose the theme and design the room which is all red, white and grey, so it’s very modern.”

The project should take two weeks to complete.

The Recorder helped select family from more than fifty others for the award sponsored by Jewson, B&D Glassmasters, APCO Plumbing and Heating Supplies and National Federation member Princes Building Company.