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William and Harry join DIY team in project for ex-service personnel

Published 22/09/2015

Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are to join forces on a DIY project for former services personnel
Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are to join forces on a DIY project for former services personnel

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are to show off their DIY skills tomorrow as they help turn a derelict street into homes for ex-service personnel.

The brothers are to throw their weight behind the ambitious project which will see an entire street in Manchester rejuvenated for Armed Forces veterans.

The pair will join presenter Nick Knowles and the BBC's DIY SOS team of builders as well as hundreds of volunteers in helping with the final stages of the build.

Hailed as the DIY SOS team's "most ambitious" project to date, it will see eight buildings undergo renovation plus the rejuvenation of the facades of 62 houses to help create the basis of a new mixed community.

During their visit, the Duke and Prince Harry will also meet the street's existing residents.

They hope to draw attention to the ongoing challenges facing service personnel who make the transition to civilian life and who are also lending a helping hand.

The redevelopment will see a support centre on the street, to be run by Walking With The Wounded and the Royal British Legion to assist ex-servicemen and women with retraining and on-site support for those who have been injured - mentally or physically - while in the Armed Forces.

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