DIY team to the rescue

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EMOTIONS were high as the Burrows family experienced a home-coming they will never forget.

That’s because a TV make-over show and an army of local tradespeople had transformed Christine and Frank’s house beyond recognition.

The DIY SOS Big Build team gather after converting the family home of Mark Burrows, Sandy Lane, Hindley. Presenter Nick Knowles and team with volunteer Dave Leigh, centre, who works for Acer Landscaping of Hindley

The DIY SOS Big Build team gather after converting the family home of Mark Burrows, Sandy Lane, Hindley. Presenter Nick Knowles and team with volunteer Dave Leigh, centre, who works for Acer Landscaping of Hindley

And so thanks to BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build, Christine and Frank Burrows can accommodate their severely disabled son Mark.

The 36-year-old awas left paralysed after a violent street attack in Sheffield two years ago.

Details of the work are naturally being kept under wraps until the show is broadcast next year.

But Mark, a former scaffolder, was overjoyed with the renovation, especially as it means he can now move out of Stocks Hall Care Home in St Helens.

Craig Hartley, 29, of PNP Electrical Services, in said: “We have done all the electricity work in the extension.

“It was pretty upsetting seeing the family’s reaction, but in a good way.

“I also got to meet Mark. His reaction was unbelievable.”

Billy Coulson, 36, of Rospal, in Miry Lane, Wigan, said: “We supplied the fencing posts for the front and back garden.

“We wanted to put something back and let Mark’s mum and dad know that there are some decent people about.

“Mark was involved in the community, through the Scouts, so we were more than happy to help.”

But it was not just technical know-how and labour that were donated.

Kind-hearted Clare Callaghan, 32, of Hawkley Hall, who is currently fighting womb cancer, made cakes and chocolates for the family and team.

She said: “I love the concept of the programme and shows that if we call get together it can make a difference.

“I have a bucket list because I am fighting cancer and one of my wishes was to help out on this show, so over the last 10 days I have been making chocolates, cakes and biscuits for the teams.

“I have met some fantastic people.”

And although presenter Nick Knowles was at the helm of the activity, he insisted it was the work of more than 60 different tradesmen and labourers,

He said: “Giving the big reveal makes me proud of all the work everyone put in to make it possible for the Burrows family to get Mark home.

“It was amazing to get to see Mark and to see him come home after two-and-a-half years. It was very emotional.

“He was an active young man and to be so badly affected by an incident is awful so we wanted to make a difference to him and his family.”