Mark Brightburn is an urban designer who studied architecture in Edinburgh where he met his wife Portia, who was studying Landscape Architecture. Portia found out she had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) just before they married, and a few years later had an epileptic seizure resulting in hospitalisation three times over a six month period. Recovery from this was slow and adaptations to the family home were recommended.
Mark and Portia were not eligible for financial support from their local authority to fund the essential conversion to create accessible ground floor accommodation. Given the couple did not have these funds in place; they were in a difficult situation.
Mark approached the Architects Benevolent Society, along with the MS Society, for assistance. The Society was immediately able to provide support and went to visit Mark and Portia to talk through their needs.