‘There’s a sea of hard hats outside and rivers of tears within,’ says Kay Soper, Support Services Manager for Blackpool Carers, the latest charity to benefit from the amazing work undertaken by BBC TV’s DIY SOS.
As Thursday 17th November’s DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for BBC Children in Need revealed, the recent venture was one of the programme’s most ambitious and heartfelt projects to date. Waterproofing and roofing manufacturer IKO PLC was proud to be part of it.
IKO donated rolls of Perforated Sand venting underlay and Challenger pour-and-roll sand-surfaced membrane to the development through distributor North West Roofing Supplies.
The roofing materials were used in the renovation of Blenheim House, a neglected Victorian house owned by charity Blackpool Carers Centre. The organisation receives BBC Children in Need funding to provide out-of-school respite and training activities as well as peer support for over 100 children and young people with caring responsibilities.
Members of the community and over 200 skilled tradesmen including builders, carpenters and roofers joined DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles and the ‘Purple Shirts’ team in transforming the run-down landmark building into a fabulous new Young Carers’ facility. TV presenter and homestyle consultant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who designed the project also joined the action, which saw the old building turned into a warm and welcoming space for children aged 5-18 years.
‘DIY SOS has undertaken many impressive projects in the past and we welcomed the opportunity to be involved with this special venture for BBC Children in Need,’ comments Paul Owen, Director of IKO’s Distribution Division. ‘The centre’s roof was in dire need of repair and we were delighted to be able to supply new replacement products.’