DIY SOS needs extra Blackburn helpers

The BBC's DIY SOS team has renewed its call for helpers for its Blackburn project, which is currently being filmed for this year's Children in Need.

The focus of the show is the conversion of St Silas, a rundown Blackburn church hall now used by local charity Nightsafe to house homeless people.

Presenter Nick Knowles and his team, including interior designer Gabrielle Blackman, are now on site. And while they have had more than 70 volunteers turn up to help, the size and scale of the project means they require as many as 180 tradespeople, including plumbers, carpenters and decorators to offer their support. The team especially requires plasterers this weekend.

Mark Millar, build manager for DIY SOS, said: "It's an enormous challenge. We normally do a Big Build, but this is a Super Build. If you know anybody out there - joiners, carpenters, plasterers - we need to get you on board. The one's we've got here are working at full capacity so we need your help.

"Come on Blackburn and Darwen. We're working for a really great cause and we need your help!"

The project runs until September 12, when the building will be handed back to the charity. Volunteers are encouraged to turn up on the site with no requirement to register in advance. More details can be obtained by emailing


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