BBC's DIY SOS The Big Build Rotherham

Project overview

When 36-year-old Terry Guest, father of two daughters, had a catastrophic brain injury, he was left with severe disabilities. As his house was unsuitable for him, the only care available was an old-people's dementia care home, where he remained for several years. In need of more day-to-day care and a place of his own, his sister Tracey stepped in to offer help, but her house was also unsuitable.

Now DIY SOS and their team of generous South Yorkshire volunteers and suppliers are stepping in to adapt Tracey's home and also, in a DIY SOS first, build Terry his very own separate pad at the end of the garden. Battling adverse Yorkshire weather, the team's electrician Billy's tricks with the electrics and a massive misjudgement in ordering materials, this unique build definitely tests the team's resolve.

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The team

We provided 2 joiners and an apprentice to carry the works out over a 5-day period. The joiners who participated were the director of the company (Chris Burley) and a foreman for the company (Joe Burley) the 2nd year apprentice was Joseph Frogart.

The experience for the team was a rare and great one like nothing ever experienced before physically and emotionally and very rewarding. It was unbelievable to see so many people to come together to help a family they had never met before and although the time scales of the project were unrealistic and the amount of tradesmen shouldn't have been able to fit on the site, it was clear that it did work as it was not money driven but care and emotionally driven, giving no sense of frustration and rush on the site but a heightened element of team work.

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