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Belfast mum with Northern Ireland's worst bathroom wins £10k makeover

By Stephanie Bell

East Belfast mum Elizabeth McGrogan was last night celebrating having her family bathroom declared the worst in Northern Ireland.

The 35-year-old from Castlereagh had posted pictures of her mouldy green painted bathroom on social media in the hope of winning the title of ‘Northern Ireland’s Nightmare Bathroom’ in a competition organised by local bathroom company Bassetts.

And after being shortlisted by a judging panel, a public vote decided that Elizabeth’s grotty green bathroom was most deserving of a dream £10,000 makeover.

A delighted Elizabeth, a civil servant who is married to Chris (41) and has two children, Georgia (5) and Ben (16), said: “After a close family member had a positive experience with Bassetts we decided to enter this competition to transform our bathroom. My whole family are delighted that we have won and are excited that we are finally going to have our dream bathroom. In the past I have invited family over to stay and had to apologise to them for the state of my bathroom; it was very embarrassing. Now, though, with my five-year-old daughter Georgia wanting a ‘kacuzzi’, as she can’t quite say Jacuzzi, and my 16-year-old son wanting an audio bluetooth mirror, we are sure this really will be our whole family’s dream bathroom.”

The competition saw people from all over Northern Ireland submitting an image or video of their current nightmare bathroom, with the reasons why they deserved a dream £10,000 replacement.

Elizabeth submitted a video entitled ‘The McGrogans’ Bathroom Nightmare,’ featuring dated floral tiles, holes filled with silicone, lime green paint and mould.

Her entry secured the most votes on social media following an impressive campaign, including support on Twitter from Alliance MLA Naomi Long, who urged people to vote for her fellow east Belfast woman.

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