DIY SOS: The Big Build is the BBC’s flagship home renovation programme has been running for 16 years. Presented by Nick Knowles and his team of Purple Shirts, the show takes on truly ambitious builds in just nine days.
However, the team completely rely on the support and generosity of the local community of tradespeople and suppliers, to help truly worthy families transform their homes.
In 2012, Sascha came home with a throat infection that changed everything. Doctors believe it caused her immune system to over-respond, leaving her with kidney disease. She was reassured that it would be decades before she needed treatment, but Sascha’s symptoms grew rapidly. In just 6 months, Sascha had final stage kidney disease requiring hospital dialysis at least 4 days a week.
In the midst of all this fear and uncertainty, Sascha’s eldest son Charlie has stepped up as carer to his younger siblings, whilst juggling an apprenticeship, so that Dad Andrew can work to pay the bills.
This project had a very specific goal: A single-storey extension would create the space needed for the NHS to provide an ‘at-home’ (specific to Sascha’s type of kidney treatment) dialysis system for daily home treatment. The build would turn everything around for this family and mark a vital step in Sascha regaining her life. They simply cannot afford the extension, which is where local trades come in:
Michael Rothwell said:
“When we heard it was a family from Welwyn Garden City that was going to be featured on the popular programme, we didn’t hesitate in volunteering. Sacha’s story really touched us, and we were glad to help. We hope that the Intruder Alarm System we supplied and fitted has helped bring the security that the family need to feel safe and secure in their newly renovated home. We are actively involved in lots of areas of our local community and we were proud to support such a deserving family”
The programme will be airing on 15th June 2017.