Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Can You Help to Build Family a Much Better Quality of Life?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Can You Help to Build Family a Much Better Quality of Life?

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@reachplc.com

THEIR lives were turned upside down when little Bobbie Owen arrived into the world.

Born 16 years ago with twin Gus, she has complex medical conditions.

Her parents Mary and Gareth work around the clock to look after her and love gets them through their tough days.

But now Nick Knowles and his team are coming to the rescue with BBC's DIY SOS to give them the house they deserve.

Now Nick is looking for generous North Easterners to help with the build, taking place next month in Longframlington, Northumberland.

And the team are looking forward to working with local suppliers, tradesmen and tradeswomen to create a house that will cater for the family's needs.

DIY SOS: The Big Build is the BBC's flagship home renovation programme. It has been running for 20 years and attracts up to five million viewers per episode to BBC1.

The award-winning show, presented by Nick and his team of Mark, Billy, Chris and Jules, takes on extremely big projects in limited time.

It relies on local builders, joiners and other trades, as well as suppliers to help them get the job done.

And many of the local lads and lasses will appear on TV when the programme is broadcast.

The efforts will help to improve the quality of life of Bobbie, who has longterm genetic disorders, the mental age of a three-year-old and complex medical and mental health issues.

Her mother, Mary, had a stroke in her cerebellum in 2013 after being bitten by a tick and now has balance and ongoing difficulties so cannot handle Bobbie on her own.

Inspiringly, Bobbie's older sister Ellie, 18, and twin brother Gus step in and help as best they can, as young carers to both sister and mother.

The concern is that the house is unsafe and unsuitable for Bobbie and the threat of going into care is a reality.

Ninety-year-old grandmother Carol also helps when dad Gareth is on night shift but only has the sofa to sleep on.

Mary would love her to move into the home but still allowing her independence. …

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