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The Big Build - Torquay

In Torquay, the team help multiple sclerosis sufferer Stuart, his daughter Lauren and his mother, Lin, who cares for Stuart despite being completely blind.

In Torquay, the DIY SOS team and local kind volunteers step up to help single dad Stuart, who has suffered with progressive multiple sclerosis since his 15-year-old daughter Lauren was born. Stuart - who is 6’ 7” tall – lives and sleeps in a chair in the living room. His primary carer is his mum, Grandma Lin, who is completely blind – and has been since her 20s. Amazingly, Lin has been walking across town from her rented flat to Stuart’s house, seven days a week, to cover all his personal care – without even a guide dog! Lin is beyond unique: blind, independent, charming and inspiring - an incredible carer to Stuart, and a much-needed mum to Lauren.

The build consists of bespoke care facilities for Stuart: a bedroom, physio space, a wet room, a living space, and the ability to access the entire ground floor and garden. Grandma Lin will need a specially adapted extra bedroom for blind-assisted living, and the dilapidated kitchen and bathroom need a complete renovation and redesign for the family’s needs – to bring them together at mealtimes where they can bond over Lauren’s dream of cooking together. Until now the family have physically and emotionally living apart, and that’s where DIY SOS and our volunteers can come to the rescue.

54 minutes

Last on

Thu 21 May 2020 20:05

Music Played

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

  • 00:00



  • 00:01

    Rita Ora

    I Will Never Let You Down

  • 00:02


    Let Her Go

  • 00:02

    James Arthur

    Remember Who I Was

  • 00:03

    Gabrielle Aplin

    The Power Of Love

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  • 00:04


    24 Windowed House

  • 00:06


    Coming Home (Acoustic) (feat. Rita Ora)

  • 00:08

    George Ezra


  • 00:09

    Thin Lizzy

    The Boys Are Back In Town

  • 00:11

    Dennis Wilson

    Fawlty Towers

  • 00:11


    Coffee & TV

  • 00:12


    Supa Shoppa

  • 00:13


    Help The Aged 

  • 00:16

    Roxy Music

    Love Is the Drug

  • 00:18


    Weather To Fly

  • 00:22

    Jorja Smith

    Let Me Down (feat. Stormzy)

  • 00:23

    Paloma Faith

    Stone Cold Sober

  • 00:24

    Paloma Faith

    Upside Down

  • 00:24

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Take Me Away

  • 00:24

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Start of Time

  • 00:26

    Ocean Colour Scene

    The Riverboat Song

  • 00:29

    Jon Hopkins


  • 00:31

    Lily Allen


  • 00:31


    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 00:33

    Jean‐Michel Jarre

    Oxygène Part III

  • 00:40

    The Verve

    Lucky Man

  • 00:42

    Tom Odell


  • 00:34


    Right Here (feat. Foxes)

  • 00:34

    Gabrielle Aplin

    The Power Of Love

  • 00:43

    Take That

    Greatest Day

  • 00:44

    James Arthur


  • 00:44

    Tom Odell

    Another Love

  • 00:45

    Ed Sheeran


  • 00:45


    Coming Home (feat. Rita Ora, Sigma)

  • 00:48

    Picture This

    You & I

  • 00:51

    Florence + the Machine

    How Big, How Blue

  • 00:52


    Keeping Your Head Up


Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Executive Producer Paolo Proto
Series Producer Hamish Summers


  • Thu 23 May 2019 21:00
  • Thu 21 May 2020 20:05

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