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DIY SOS to transform empty houses for military veterans

Published 23/07/2015

Nick Knowles praised the 'amazing project'
Nick Knowles praised the 'amazing project'

Empty houses on two Manchester streets are being brought back to life as part of an ambitious project to help benefit military veterans.

Ex-servicemen and women are being given the chance to take part in the BBC One show DIY SOS in which 62 homes will be transformed into accommodation for military veterans.

It is the largest project DIY SOS has ever taken on in what presenter Nick Knowles called an "amazing project".

Military veterans, including those with families or who are single, could find a new home in the specially established veteran's housing community in Newton Heath, Greater Manchester.

The homes will be specially adapted to accommodate physical or mental health challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder and the streets will provide disabled access and parking.

Charity Walking With The Wounded will provide therapy and counselling at the walk-in support centre, with training and employment opportunities also on offer.

Producers of the BBC show say that since the announcement they have been inundated with offers of help from businesses, charities and the public who are all keen to help give the properties a facelift.

They now want to find people to participate in the show who are in need of a new home to suit their physical or psychological challenges.

Knowles said: "We've been overwhelmed by the response from the public of Greater Manchester and the wider region. Our phones have been ringing off the hook with offers of help, which is absolutely fantastic.

"But now we want help to find people who will benefit from this amazing project.

"So if you know of a military family who need some support or a veteran who needs a roof over their head, please get in touch."

Work on the street is due to begin in the autumn.

For more details email diysosheroes@bbc.co.uk or call 01179 742173.

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