DIY SOS: The Big Build kicked off a new series on BBC1 last night, with the team travelling to Hessle in East Yorkshire to help a man whose life had been blighted by tragedy.
And by the end of the hour-long show, it wasn’t just the wheelchair-bound widower who was in tears – but his sons, the whole street, the DIY SOS team and the viewing public.
BBC viewers were left devastated as Darren Hudson discussed the tragic turn of events that had led him to needing the help of the BBC series.
A former roofer, dad-of-three Darren was left paralysed and wheelchair-bound, after he suffered a devastating injury that left him unable to walk two years ago.
Tragically, Darren’s son Olly was born with hydrocephalus and also needs the use of a wheelchair and requires 24-hour care.
Horrifyingly, Darren’s wife – his childhood sweetheart – and mummy to the three boys Sarah died suddenly on Boxing Day 2017.
Now 47, Darren told DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles that he was left “physically unable to cope” after Sarah’s death because the house was “not set up for his situation”.
After the team renovated the house and adapted it to Darren and his family’s specific needs, the struggling dad credited them with “saving his life”.
Talking outside his home, he told an emotional crowd: “You have given me the full house back where I just had the downstairs for so long.
“It’s something we needed so bad and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s amazing. Thank you so much.”
He added: “We have still got our memories, the memories are real, the memories will always be here.”
Fans watching from home were heaving with tears at the amount the family has had to endure, and touched by the help given by the DIY SOS team.
In fact, so many viewers gathered online to discuss the brave family, the show was even trending on Twitter.
One tweeted: “What a heartbreaking story. How proud Darren must be of his sons. The generosity and hardwork from the people of Hull… How proud me and Jenny are to be from Hull, well done to you all @BBCOne @MrNickKnowles.”
Another said: “@DIYSOS Thanks for reminding me/everyone how amazing the British people can be. Such a deserving family!! Everyone involved deserves the highest praise!! @MrNickKnowles.”
— Chris (@cktweeet) April 3, 2019
What a dad!!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Absolutely Incredible!!!🥇👍🏻👏🏻
— Rich Jarvis (@richjarvis77) April 3, 2019
#DIYSOS what a heartbreaking story😥😥how proud Darren must be of his son’s.The generosity and hardworking from the people of Hull how proud me and Jenny are to be from Hull well done to you all 👏👏👏@BBCOne @MrNickKnowles
— Lee And Jenny (@leegogglebox) April 3, 2019
— Chris Facey (@chris_facey_uk) April 3, 2019
I always find DIYSOS emotional but there’s something about this one that is actually breaking my heart… #DIYSOS
— Chelseaa Jadee (@ChelseaaJadee98) April 3, 2019
— Jon Salinger (@jonsalinger1973) April 3, 2019
A third said: “Lately I’ve been sick of hearing and seeing how selfish some people can be. Watching @DIYSOS tonight has restored my faith in humans. Thank you @MrNickKnowles and team, I really needed this. Thankfully the world is not full of #selfishidiots we still have #heroes.”
“I’m in tears already mate,” said another. “But what an amazing father that man is. Again, credit to you and the team for changing lives!”
Many others said they were “heartbroken”, “uplifted” and “in bits”, while others said the show had made them “have a long hard look at themselves”.
One more added: “I always find DIY SOS emotional, but there’s something about this one that is actually breaking my heart… #DIYSOS.”
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