BBC postpones DIY SOS build at Northumberland family's home due to coronavirus

Plans to transform a Northumberland family’s home for a TV show have been put on hold due to coronavirus.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:15 pm

Work on the Longframlington property for an episode of the BBC’s DIY SOS: The Big Build was scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 17.

However, it has now been postponed until a later date.

A spokesman for the programme said: “Due to the unprecedented situation now facing the country, DIY SOS have decided that in the best interests of the family, volunteers and production team, the Longframlington build will be postponed to a later date.

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The DIY SOS team.

“This has not been an easy decision to make, the family and volunteers’ health has to be our number one priority and we are so sorry that the build will be postponed.

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused by this and will be back in touch as soon as possible with new dates.

“We thank everyone for their generous support so far and look forward to working with you all again in the near future to complete this build for the family.”

A host of tradespeople, suppliers and volunteers had been lined up to come and help with the project to help the Owen family’s home and quality of life.

The Owen family.

Bobbie, 16, is 5ft 10in but has the mental age of a three-year-old with complex medical and mental health issues.

Her mother, Mary, sadly 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, 16, step in and help as best they can, as young carers.

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

Thankfully, grandmother Carol, 90, also helps when firefighter father 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.

The build aims to bring the family of three generations together and ensure that Bobbie remains at home.