South Yorkshire tradesmen needed for DIY SOS show

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A Rotherham dad who suffered a stroke which resulted in him having half of his skull removed is to feature in a BBC television show.

Home renovation show DIY SOS is planning to help out the 36-year-old electrical engineer – who has been named only as ‘Terry’ – by renovating his brother’s home so that he can move in with him to recover.

The dad-of-two was watching TV one evening a year ago when he experienced a sudden and serious brain haemorrhage, leading to a stroke.

He had to have half of his skull removed to relieve the pressure on his brain and was put into a coma.

In the show, which has been running for 16 years and attracts around six million viewers a week, presenter Nick Knowles and his team take on ambitious builds for truly deserving families in just nine days.

And on October 28 the team will be in South Yorkshire helping Terry’s brother Jamie and his fiance Tracey adapt their home so Terry – who is currently recovering in a nearby elderly care home – to move in with them.

Producers are looking for tradespeople and suppliers to volunteer their services to help with the project.

Rajveer Sihota of the BBC said: “We can’t give too much away before the show airs, but Tracey and Jamie want Terry home with them so they can care for him themselves and he can begin to regain his independence.

“Jamie even gave up work in construction to care for Terry, picking him up from the care home each day to bring him home for a few hours to be with his family.

“Terry has come on leaps and bounds, but until the house is adapted, he can’t come home permanently.”

The plan is to build a self-contained annexe in the garden, where Terry can rebuild his life.

Email rajveer.sihota@bbc.co.uk Tradespeople wishing to offer their services.