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DIY SOS's renovation of Simon Dobbin's Mildenhall house to be broadcast next week




BBC DIY SOS team working in Mildenhall at the house of Simon Dobbin. Pictured: wife Nicole and daughter Emily
BBC DIY SOS team working in Mildenhall at the house of Simon Dobbin. Pictured: wife Nicole and daughter Emily

The DIY SOS television programme featuring the transformation of the Mildenhall home of Simon Dobbin is to be broadcast on Thursday.

The primetime hit will air on BBC One at 8pm, and will show the complete overhaul of the Cambridge United fan’s Peterhouse Close house.

Simon was left with brain damage when he was attacked by a gang of thugs after watching a football match in Southend in 2015.

Since then his wife Nicole and daughter Emily have cared for him, but found their family home unsuitable for Simon’s care.

Before the build, his hospital bed was set up in the dining room, with only a curtain for privacy. And with no access to the upstairs bathroom, the house put a huge strain on the family.

Simon and Nicole Dobbin. (6413288)
Simon and Nicole Dobbin. (6413288)

Nick Knowles and his team, helped by more than 100 local tradesmen, spent nine days in the town transforming the property.

The work included a downstairs bedroom for Simon, physio space, wet room and social space, and outdoor access for him in his wheelchair.

At the build in November 2017, presenter Nick said: “The story is just horrific. Three lives have changed here. Nicole has changed from a wife to a carer overnight. Emily has started to change what she wants from her education and career because she doesn’t want to leave mum alone.”

“If we can build a house here that suits their needs and make life easier for them then it means that Emily can get on with her career and it will be easier for Nicole to look after Simon.”



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