Dream bedroom makeover for big-hearted Hornchurch teen

A Hornchurch teen who helped her parents care for more than 40 foster children was celebrating last week after her bedroom was transformed in a dream makeover.

Sanders Drapers School student Tia McCarthy, 14, happily lounged in her new room after winning the Princes Building Competition - a DIY SOS-style renovation worth �9,000, in June.

Foster mum of 44 Serena nominated her daughter after 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.

The mayor of Havering, Cllr Melvin Wallace, was on hand to help open the revamped bedroom, featuring a sleek monochrome floral design.

Serena said Tia was thrilled with the new bedroom, adding: “She helped chose the theme and design the room which is all white and grey, so it’s very modern.”

The Recorder helped select the family from more than 50 others for the award sponsored by Jewson, B&D Glassmasters, APCO Plumbing and Heating Supplies and National Federation member Princes Building Company.