Cop paralysed in Westminster terror attack can finally put kids to bed again

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A police officer paralysed in the Westminster terror attack is finally able tuck his kids into bed again thanks to the DIY SOS squad.

Hundreds of volunteers helped completely refurbish the home of PC Kris Aves, who is wheelchair-bound and has no mobility from the chest down. 

Within nine days they made the vital changes that meant he could return home to his family after seven months in hospital.

In an emotional interview before leaving hospital Kris, 35, said: “I’m worried about getting daddy time back. It’s just been taken away from you, and it’s not fair.

“I need to rebuild a relationship with my family. It’s been too long.”

Kris suffered spinal cord damage and head injuries in the attack last March and had to stay at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks as his home was unsuitable for his rehabilitation.

There was a large front step he could not negotiate and he could not fit through the narrow doorways.

The kitchen was unsuitable and there was no bathroom on the ground floor.
It meant he missed out on helping partner Marissa put their kids aged six and four to bed each night at their home in East Barnet, North London.

But now he is home again thanks to the “biggest response ever” to a DIY SOS appeal with builders, joiners and electricians all working on refurbishment plans by designer Gabrielle Blackman.

Host Nick Knowles tells viewers: “I’m not going to pretend we had to find an army, because the moment people knew what we were doing we had the biggest response ever.”

Nick, 55, said the “amazing” volunteers “worked themselves into the ground to bring Kris home to his family where he belongs”.

One volunteer says: “We want to give back to the people that protect us.”

Terrorist Khalid Masood, 52, killed five people including PC Keith Palmer and injured over 50 before being shot dead outside Parliament last March.

Kris was hurt as he crossed Westminster Bridge after receiving an award for his work.

Daily Mirror

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