UK kitchen furniture manufacturer Masterclass Kitchens has provided a new kitchen to rugby’s Owen Williams, the Welsh centre, who suffered a life-changing spinal injury while playing for Cardiff Blues.
The Masterclass donation was made in support of the #StayStrongForOws fundraising and awareness campaign in support of the injured player. With funds being raised to aid the 24-year-old’s rehabilitation, Masterclass Kitchens was keen to get involved.
“I was at a rugby dinner about six months before Owen’s accident and I happened to be seated on the same table as him,” said Steve Tough, commercial sales director for Masterclass Kitchens. “I’d been following his career closely and he was destined to be a fantastic player, it was a terrible shock when he had his accident.
“Last year I was at a charity dinner when it was announced that Cardiff Blues were raising money through the #StayStrongForOws campaign to build Owen a new house. I wondered whether we might be able to supply the kitchen, I got in touch with the team and it went from there.”
The Wales-based manufacturer supplied and installed one of its best-selling kitchens in Owen’s home. The Sutton Silk furniture in a Light Grey finish has been tailored to Owen’s needs, with a kneehole sink area making the space more accessible and wheelchair-friendly.
Commenting on the completed kitchen, Owen said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received since my injury. I’m very grateful to Masterclass for donating the kitchen, which has been custom made for me and will make a huge difference.”
Brian Lakin, chief executive of Masterclass Kitchens, added: “We were delighted to be able to step in and provide Owen’s new kitchen. Owen’s injury was a tragedy that touched us all, so it was a pleasure to be able to do something to help.”
Picture shows: Steve Tough, Commercial Director of Masterclass (left) with Owen Williams.
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