BBC's DIY SOS to tackle building job

A television crew from DIY SOS will descend on the Black Country to transform a family’s home.

A television crew from DIY SOS will descend on the Black Country to transform a family’s home.

The Whitehouse family, who live in Lower Gornal, Dudley, have been picked to have their cramped three-bedroom house revamped by the popular BBC television show.

The building team led by TV presenter Nick Knowles will begin their task to transform the home of Joanne and Wayne Whitehouse next week.

“We are so pleased the show’s producers agreed to help us, it’s like winning the lottery and we can’t thank them enough,” said Joanne, a 40-year-old dinner-lady at Cotwall End Primary School, Sedgley. Between them, the couple have three children who are affected by a hereditary condition called Fragile X Syndrome.

The condition can cause learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

Wayne, a butcher at F.A Gill Ltd in Parkfields, Wolverhampton, had begun building an extension to the house to provide a bedroom for each of the children.

After remortgaging the home and spending £27,000 on the project, the money dried up leaving the family at their wits end and still craving more space. They have been spending all their spare time trying to finish the job themselves.

Even though they have had the help of friends and builders, lack of skills and time means the house is still incomplete.

“We’d reached the end of our tether so as a last resort I decided to email the show,” said Mrs Whitehouse.

“We’d always been big fans and we feel very, very lucky they picked us.”

Businesses or traders who can offer free help in any way are asked to call programme researcher Nina Kitajewski on 0117 974 2173 or email nina.kitajewski@bbc.co.uk