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The Big Build - Bristol

The DIY SOS team and volunteers in Bristol help to transform the home of 24-year-old Ryan, who has spent the last five years in hospital 50 miles away from his family.

Twenty-four-year-old Ryan has spent the last five years in a hospital room, 50 miles away from home and his loving family. At the time, warehouse worker Dave Pollard and checkout operator Rachel were happily living in a small three-bedroom house in south Bristol, filled to the brim with their four kids - Ryan, Jason, Darren and Gemma. Then the family's busy lives came to a screeching halt.

After serious headaches five years ago, Ryan was rushed in for an emergency operation where doctors discovered he had a blocked ventricle. A CT scan revealed that the build-up of fluid and pressure had caused brain damage. Ryan had lost control of his breathing and swallowing and was partially paralysed. He was transferred to the nearest specialist neurological unit, 50 miles away. Five years later, he's still there and his loving mother Rachel catches public transport for five hours every day to visit Ryan.

This family is torn apart. The house needs a downstairs extension with all the bespoke care provision that Ryan will need: physio space, wet room, family space and the ability to access the entire ground floor. If the family doesn't get this work done, Ryan will remain in hospital. They need the DIY SOS team and the generous volunteers of Bristol help to get Ryan home.

58 minutes

Last on

Wed 10 Oct 2018 20:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    The xx


  • 00:14

    Lewis Watson

    Little Light

  • 00:25

    The xx

    Heart Skipped A Beat

  • 00:41

    Saint Raymond

    The River

  • 00:49

    Laura Mvula


  • 00:56

    Tom Chaplin



Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Participant Billy Byrne
Participant Chris Frediani
Participant Mark Millar
Participant Gabrielle Blackman
Director Andy Mosse
Executive Producer Robi Dutta
Series Producer Hamish Summers


  • Thu 29 Jun 2017 21:00
  • Tue 18 Jul 2017 08:00
  • Wed 10 Oct 2018 20:00

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