Top TV team starts work on carers centre

Nick Knowles fronts DIY SOS: The Big Build

Nick Knowles fronts DIY SOS: The Big Build

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Teams from BBC TV’s DIY SOS moved into Blackpool to day to begin work on one of their most ambitious and heartfelt projects to date.

Presenter Nick Knowles (pictured) and his Purple Shirts team began transforming a Blackpool-based young carers centre from a run-down, neglected Victorian house, to a fun, safe and supportive environment where young carers are able to enjoy their childhood.

The transformation, which will benefit Blackpool Carers, is being carried out in conjunction with Children in Need and the show is due to be screened in November to coincide with the appeal.

Nick Knowles said: “We’re aware this build is one of our most ambitious to date but with the help over 250 locals joining us to help change the lives of young carers in Blackpool we’ve been overwhelmed with support and we look forward to providing a new centre that will bring joy to some of the most deserving children and young people in the community.”

Lead designer on the project is Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

He said: “Making sure these selfless children and young people are provided with a safe space to embrace their childhood is such an important cause and I am excited to be getting stuck in!”

Michelle Smith, CEO at Blackpool Carers Centre added: “Thank you to all of the locals who are helping with the build, their support has been incredible and we cannot wait for big reveal.”