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DIY SOS appeal for help to transform North Shields home

DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles (centre) with his team of Billy, Mark, Chris and Jules.
DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles (centre) with his team of Billy, Mark, Chris and Jules.

A BBC show is looking for local tradespeople to help transform a family’s life.

DIYSOS: The Big Build is heading to North Shields next month to help a local deserving family.

Evelyn Matthews with her sisters Isabelle, ten, and Anna, five.

Evelyn Matthews with her sisters Isabelle, ten, and Anna, five.

The show – presented by Nick Knowles and his team of Billy, Mark, Chris and Jules – transform homes in nine days to make lives easier for deserving people.

Producers are now looking for local tradespeople who may be able to help with the project.

The work will see a downstairs extension built on Rachel and John Matthews’s 1950s semi-detached house to enable them to create more living space for their three-year-old daughter Evelyn, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called CHARGE syndrome.

Evelyn’s room is too small for her medical equipment and at present they are unable to fit a hoist or adapted bed which she desperately needs.

As she grows and develops she will need more space to accommodate her increasing medical difficulties and medical supplies.

Her condition means her older sisters Isabelle, ten, and Anna, five, are also young carers, despite still being in primary school.

A Trades Day for interested parties is being held on Wednesday, July 25. Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer should email diysosnorthshields@bbc.co.uk

DIYSOS are looking for a large tent to seat 100 for the trade volunteers and timber frame for the extension.

The build will take place between August 7 and 16.