Because it’s that time of year again, when the annual charity drive helps some of the most vulnerable young people.
With costs soaring and families anxious next winter, getting people to donate may be more difficult this year. But if Nick had learned anything DIY SOSIn general, people in the UK are generous.
“It’s a community health check. How’s your community doing? Would people come out and help if they had the chance? The answer is yes. Wherever we go in the country, it’s true. And then for the public, it can be really reassuring to know that there are a lot of good people in our community who They want to help.The other great thing is that we get the opportunity through the program to highlight all these volunteers and selfless people, who take care of people in the community and help draw attention to the different charities they run, support people, so that they can get some funding “.
This year’s DIY SOS Children in Need Special is shown in Leeds and airs on Wednesday 16 November.
Joining Nick and his team, along with designer Gabrielle Blackman, are dealers and volunteers to complete a building at Seacroft for the Getaway Girls, which Children in Need have helped fund since 2010.
The organization, which has been in operation for 35 years, helps more than 800 girls and young women between the ages of 11 and 25 from across the city, providing critical support and providing activities such as residential weekends, music and sports sessions. The project seeks to improve mental health, build confidence and self-esteem, and raise the aspirations of young women for the future. She used to work from a listed house in Harehills but as she continued to grow she had to move to rental locations across town – so DIY SOS stepped in.
This year’s building was created in partnership with Radio 2 for the first time. However, it was to coincide with Radio 2 Live in Leeds, which was canceled due to the Queen’s death.
The building was completed in 13 days and offers new offices, a nursery, activity spaces, a music and media studio, consulting rooms and a garden.
Joining the crew are hosts Zoe Paul, Joe Withy, Sarah Cox, DJ Sponey, Trevor Nelson, Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills.
How was he getting them to contribute?
“He (Raylan) showed up with the teeth whitener and hair spray,” Nick says. “That’s the comedic answer. The real answer is, I think they all got there feeling a little bit like they were coming in to get involved in something they didn’t necessarily feel like they could help that much and they were there to do some TV stuff. But actually, when they were between them, they were actually able On bringing in different skills.DJ Sponey, for example, took a look at our media room and said, “Actually, what you’re building isn’t quite right and would work better if it were for people who would be playing music, DJing, and things like that. ‘.So they were really able to bring things to the party, and in fact, regardless of anything else, being in the middle of a DIY SOS is very different than watching it on TV because you feel like the whole community and that process and you understand why it works. And so they were all emotionally touched. what they were involved in. It was great to see.”
The show also pays tribute to people like Flavia Docherty, CEO of Getaway Girls.
However, on the show, she says, “It’s great that (people) give up their time for free, especially right now, obviously people are suffering and I think it’s amazing that they do it. They don’t know the traffickers. We just want to say thank you. for you “.
Nick’s late mother, Patricia, was from Wakefield and notes the area’s reputation for breeding friendly “salt of the earth” species. “I’ve always enjoyed that. But it’s also true that there are wonderful people around the country and we really don’t have to stand alone because if we all come together we can take care of each other through what is obviously going to be a tough few years ahead of us.”
“We are a very generous country,” Nick adds, adding that not all volunteers can donate money but they can contribute materials or their skills.
He says that when the final product is revealed it is “incredibly emotional,” not just to those who work for charities but those who have contributed to the construction.
The question I get asked the most is, ‘How do you put it together at the end of the show when everyone is emotional? “The actual answer is, I don’t. I get off the camera when I’m emotional because that part of the show at the end, for me, is about the people who need the thing and the people who come to do it. And I don’t want the story to be about broadcasters giving up a few years .get out of the way and let them have their moments,” he says.
“Often I and my crew or various members of the team stop at a service station when we’re away from these things and have some emotional moments in the parking lot.
“I have the best job in the world, and he may continue to build these facilities for a long time because long after DIY SOS is gone and everyone has forgotten who I am or what the program was, the facility will continue to care for tens of thousands of people across the country.”
The show airs on Wednesday 16 November on BBC One at 9pm.
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