DIY SOS Team Heads To Leeds For The Big Build BBC Children In Need Special With BBC Radio 2


In September, DIY SOS will be partnering with Radio 2 for the very first time, to deliver this year’s BBC Children in Need Big Build. In one of their biggest challenges yet, DIY SOS will build a brand-new home for Leeds based, BBC Children in Need funded project, Getaway Girls.

This unique and special build, was announced this morning by Nick Knowles, live on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Radio 2 is helping deliver this fantastic outreach project to build a lasting legacy in Leeds as part of Radio 2 Live – which is taking place at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, featuring performances from a star-studded line-up of artists.

DIY SOS Children in Need 2022 will see Nick Knowles, and his trusty team of Chris, Jules, Billy & designer Gabrielle Blackman joined by BBC Radio 2 presenters, who will don their steel toe capped boots, high viz and hard hats to help make a difference. They’ll be joined by an army of volunteers to create the charity’s new building – from the ground up – in just nine days.

The new building will be sited in Seacroft and will provide a much-needed safe space for vulnerable girls and young women living in Leeds. They’ll be able to access support and advice. The new building will include offices, a creche, activity spaces, a music and media studio, counselling rooms and a garden.

Getaway Girls is a 35-year-old charity which supports a diverse range of women and girls from across the city, with a focus on raising aspirations, providing support and creating opportunities to help them reach their potential and build a better future.

Getaway Girls also works with those facing a variety of different challenges and barriers in their lives:  from newly arrived refugees to girls who have experienced domestic violence, exploitation or sexual abuse.  The charity delivers crucial support to around 800 girls and young women, while also providing access to activities such as residential weekends, music sessions and sport. It strives to improve mental health and helps girls to develop confidence and improve self-esteem, raising their aspirations for the future. BBC Children in Need has funded Getaway Girls since 2010.

Nick Knowles, Presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS said: “We have another huge build ahead of us in Leeds, which will make a real difference to the lives of girls and young women who are supported by Getaway Girls. If you have a trade, a skill, can spare some time to graft or can help us with materials then get in touch. It’ll be a blast.”

Tommy Nagra, Director of Content at BBC Children in Need added: “We are so looking forward to seeing this amazing DIY SOS build come together for Getaway Girls and the support from our friends at Radio 2, who together will create a lasting legacy in Leeds.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 said: “For the first time, Radio 2 Live is heading out of London – coming to Leeds for a weekend of incredible live music for thousands of music fans. As part of our commitment to delivering outreach work to support the local community we are honoured that our brilliant presenters will be getting stuck in and helping deliver this important build for Getaway Girls, working alongside DIY SOS and BBC Children In Need.”

Flavia Docherty, Director of Getaway Girls said: “We are thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity and couldn’t be more excited for the future of the charity. The new space will provide the chance for us to support even more girls from across the city, and make a positive difference in their lives.

“We are so grateful to the whole DIY SOS team, Radio 2 and their presenters and, of course, BBC Children in Need for supporting us for 12 years – without their funding we wouldn’t have been able to continue our work for this long and have the impact that we have done for girls and young women in Leeds over the years. We can’t wait to see the new space and we’re really looking forward to being able to grow even further and welcome more girls from across Leeds to Getaway Girls!”

Across Leeds, BBC Children in Need currently funds 28 projects to the value of £2million supporting children and young people.

DIY SOS charitable builds are hugely ambitious and rely on the generosity of trade volunteers and company donations and so is appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September.

There will be a Trades Day held in Leeds on Tuesday 16th August 2022.

Those interested in volunteering as a professional trade or donating product to this charitable build must email: before Trades Day to arrange an appointment to meet with the team.

The build will commence from Tuesday 13th – Thursday 22nd September 2022.

The episode will be broadcast on 1st November 2022 as part of BBC Children in Need.

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