DIY SOS team calls in Laurence

Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen
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Designer Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen is set to help transform Blackpool’s Young Carers Centre.

He will be part of the BBC’s DIY SOS team set to descend on the resort for one of their trickiest renovations yet.

The designer, a young carer himself, has already helped overhaul some of Blackpool’s Illuminations.

The Gazette revealed on Saturday the BBC team was appealing for tradespeople to volunteer their services for the show, which will transform the Carers Centre’s Blenheim House property.

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS, said: “We’re so excited to be coming to Blackpool to renovate Blenheim House for some of the most important un-sung heroes of the community – young carers.

“We know this build will be no mean feat, but these young people are worth it. From skips to bricks, paint to plasterboard and anything in between, we urge businesses to come to the event and pledge to help in any way they can.

“Ultimately we hope to change the lives of these young people and deliver the safe and calm environment they deserve – but we can’t do it alone.” Michelle Smith, CEO at Carers Trust Fylde Coast, added: “Although we are incredibly fortunate to have been provided with such a great base, it is currently in no fit state to host services for those children and young people who have caring roles.

“We would love to be able to provide support and respite in a safe, clean, stimulating environment. This would enable the young carers to not only enjoy their well-deserved childhood, but also have a much better chance of a brighter future.

“We are delighted to have the support from DIY SOS and would appeal for others to help them, help us achieve our dream.”

DIY SOS build manager, Mark Millar is hosting an all-day event on June 8 at Blenheim House, Blackpool and inviting tradespeople and businesses to assess the task and find out how they can contribute by volunteering or by donating materials.

Email lucy.jones@bbc.co.uk to attend.