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The close-knit Albury community, motivated to provide Nick with support, has rallied together to construct a stunning new home in Thurgoona NSW. On track to be auctioned this September, all funds raised will go directly towards Nick’s ongoing rehabilitation.

“I can’t thank the community and the suppliers enough, for their amazing contribution to the project,” says Nick.  “They’ve donated their time, and their products – I’m just stoked.”

Through our connection with the family business, Peter Dempsey Plumbing, Southern Plumbing Supplies has joined forces with the wider Albury construction community, including Davis Sanders Homes, to supply products and services.

Nick Dempsey House Nick Dempsey House

“At Southern Plumbing Supplies, we wanted to play a role in helping Nick realise his ultimate goal of independent living,” says Matt Howard, Albury store manager.   

Our contribution to Nick’s journey aligns with Southern Plumbing recently becoming a principal partner of Menslink, a Canberra-based charity dedicated to providing counselling, mentoring and education programs to young guys aged 10 – 25.

“Menslink provides important services for the wonderful young men in our community,” says Warwick Beutler, Southern Plumbing’s managing director. “It’s time to give back.”

Nick Dempsey's rehab journey

An apprentice plumber and talented sportsperson, Nick Dempsey broke his neck in a diving accident on his 21st birthday. This accident has left him a quadriplegic with a complex cervical spine injury. Rehab is now his number one priority.

Known for his willpower and commitment to challenging his physical limits, Nick is planning to build on the significant progress he has made so far – thanks to a dedicated team of medical specialists – at a two-week intensive program in Queensland in May.

Looking to the future, Nick has started a Diploma of Building Design, where he is applying his positive mindset to navigate some technological and resourcing hurdles. He is using some of the skills he has learned through sport to keep improving, including patience.

“It is hard to be patient, but I don’t have a choice. I just have to take it day by day,” he says.

Visit Nick’s Journey to find out more about the house and how you can donate. Southern Plumbing Plus has thrown its support behind the community initiative by proudly donating the kitchen, bathroom and laundry products.

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