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DIY SOS build gets underway on home of Mildenhall man who was left with brain damage after attack by football hooligans

PUBLISHED: 13:42 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 20:01 14 November 2017

Scores of tradesmen turned up to help the team. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Scores of tradesmen turned up to help the team. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk family’s home was a hive of activity this morning as the team from a prime time TV renovation show helped by dozens of local tradesmen began work on a project to help rebuild their lives.

The team has just 10 days to renovate the home. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe team has just 10 days to renovate the home. Picture: GREGG BROWN

DIY SOS: The Big Build will spend the next 10 days improving the Mildenhall home of Simon Dobbin to help deliver the care he needs after an unprovoked attack by a gang of men in March 2015 left him with permanent brain damage.

Mr Dobbin, a loving father, husband and football fan, was set-upon by around 25 men after watching his team Cambridge United play away at Southend FC. He was left fighting for his life in intensive care after a massive stroke and bleed on the brain.

Emily and Nicola Dobbin watch as work gets underway at their Mildenhall home. Picture: GREGG BROWNEmily and Nicola Dobbin watch as work gets underway at their Mildenhall home. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Nicole Dobbin, Mr Dobbin’s wife and full-time carer said in September when the show announced it would be visiting the family, that she had been “overwhelmed” by the offers of support.

She said: “It feels incredibly amazing that a community and outsiders have come together to help make our home meets Simon’s needs.

Show presenters Nick Knowles and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Picture: GREGG BROWNShow presenters Nick Knowles and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“We are truly thankful to each and everyone, and are so happy that DIY SOS are on board, such a fantastic crew who are dedicated to making life for us so much more bearable.”

Scores of tradesmen have pitched in to help, along with friends and relatives; many of whom were already on the scene this morning.

TV show DIY SOS is renovating Simon Dobbin's Mildenhall home to make it suitable for his needs after he was left with permanent brain damage following an attack. Picture: GREGG BROWNTV show DIY SOS is renovating Simon Dobbin's Mildenhall home to make it suitable for his needs after he was left with permanent brain damage following an attack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

They will be helping Nick Knowles and the team, including designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, transform the family’s lives.

Series producer Hamish Summers said: “DIY SOS are happy to support the Dobbin family and pleased that the work is now underway.”

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.  Picture: GREGG BROWNLaurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tradesmen who want to enquire about the project are asked to email DIYSOSMildenhall@BBC.co.uk.


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