As we get towards the end of 2016, we can’t help but look back on what happened over the year. The major highlight for us is obvious: when we helped out on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme which we took part in over the summer.
At the beginning of the summer, we saw an article in the Hertfordshire Mercury calling for local tradespeople to use their skills to help improve the life of a young family who live in Welwyn Garden City for the BBC show DIY:SOS.
The idea was to remodel a home to include a dialysis treatment room so mum Sascha would be able to spend more time at home with her young family. A previous kidney transplant had failed, and, together with further health complications, meant she was having to spend four days a week having dialysis in hospital, as well as continuing her job as a midwife and looking after the kids.
It was a very touching story, so of course we were only too delighted to offer our help. Pick Pack donated two days of its services, as well as storage space in order to help with the transformation.
At the end of August, we spent the best part of a day packing all the family’s furniture and possessions onto the van, and then unloading it into one of our storage containers for safe keeping.
Sadly, we were a little bit disappointed because we were the only ones there! A BBC cameraman took a few shots of us at work, but after that, we were left to get on with the job.
Unimpressed by the ‘glamour’ of television, we organised our own photo shoot instead.
After we’d done our bit, the other tradespeople got to work on the building. We weren’t needed again until the beginning of September when we moved the family’s belongings back in. Well, we only ended up moving about 30 boxes of personal possessions back – because thanks to the generosity of Hertfordshire businesses, the entire house had been filled with new furniture!
The transformation was amazing, and not just because of the new furniture, carpets, flooring and decoration. An extension had been built at the back of the house to house the kitchen, dining room and living room; and what used to be the living room had been transformed into a treatment room where Sascha can have her dialysis whenever she needs it, and keep an eye on the family at the same time. And they’d even replanted the front and back gardens to make the house as lovely on the outside as it was on the inside. Amazing!
We were back at the house for the big reveal on 2 September – along with more than 200 other tradespeople who’d volunteered! Everyone who’d worked on the transformation had been invited, as were lots of Sascha’s friends and family. Unsurprisingly, it was a very emotional day.
It was lovely to see everyone so happy with the results of the transformation. Together we’ve made a massive difference to the family now that Sascha doesn’t have to spend so much time in hospital. It was definitely worthwhile getting involved… although we’re still waiting to hear what they want us to do with their old furniture!
We’re now eagerly waiting for news of when the programme will be broadcast so we can see our lovely faces on the telly!”
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