DIY SOS build gets underway on home of Mildenhall man who was left with brain damage after attack by football hooligans
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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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.'
Tradesmen who want to enquire about the project are asked to email DIYSOSMildenhall@BBC.co.uk.