Welwyn Garden City family needs your votes to win bathroom makeover after battling years of illness

PUBLISHED: 15:06 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 28 July 2017

Right: Selina, Liam, Aaliyah, Aiden and Shannon. Left: Their bathroom in their Hatfield home.

Right: Selina, Liam, Aaliyah, Aiden and Shannon. Left: Their bathroom in their Hatfield home.

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A determined Welwyn Garden City mum has entered a competition to win a new bathroom for her family after being unable to decorate due to her crippling autoimmune disease while looking after her four young children.

Their current bathroom in their Hatfield home.Their current bathroom in their Hatfield home.

Selina Schroeter, 36, is a single mother to Shannon, 17, Aaliyah, 15, Liam, 13, and Aiden, five, and has been battling an autoimmune disease for the past four years.

The condition cripples her muscles and means she cannot get out of the bath without the help of her children.

MyBuilder.com, an online marketplace for homeowners to find tradesmen, has teamed up with online bathroom retailer VictoriaPlum.com to find ‘Britain’s Worst Bathroom’ and give it a makeover.

The prize is a bathroom transformation with a value of up to £2,000 - including Victoria Plum products and a MyBuilder trades person to complete the work.

Their current bathroom in their Hatfield home.Their current bathroom in their Hatfield home.

Selina and her family moved out of London 10 years ago to Welwyn Garden City because Liam was suffering from a chronic lung disease.

Selina said: “After we moved to the country, his health got better and I have been trying to decorate our house, but I then got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and I could not walk or feed myself.

“My kids had to help me with everything, but it’s unfair and I want them to just enjoy being kids.

“Now three years on, my recovery is good, but I still struggle sometimes. I am still determined to work hard and fight my demons.

Right to left: Selina, Liam, Aaliyah, Aiden and Shannon.Right to left: Selina, Liam, Aaliyah, Aiden and Shannon.

“My goal is to get a degree and have a nice home for my kids.

“A new bathroom would make such a difference as we can all finally feel like we have a real home and I would be able to get out of the bath without my kids having to help me.”

Last week Selina took a maths exam so that she can hopefully get on a course to land her dream job, as a paramedic.

When she was 11 years old she saved her step-dad’s life after he was stabbed.

She said: “I managed to stop the bleeding and the paramedics told me if I hadn’t of done that he would have died.

“It’s what has always made me want to be a paramedic.”

To vote for Selina and her children visit https://www.mybuilder.com/competitions/britains-worst-bathroom-2017/entries/5909

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