Belfast Telegraph

DIY SOS carpenter in appeal to Bangor tradespeople

Mark Millar
Mark Millar
Mark with presenter Nick Knowles (centre) and the BBC DIY SOS team
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Bangor man Mark Millar is gearing up for one of his biggest challenges to date - taking on DIY SOS: The Big Build in just nine days in his home town.

He is one of the most recognised faces on the BBC One show alongside the team of Nick Knowles, Chris Frediani, Billy Byrne and Julian Perryman.

They completely rely on the support and generosity of the local community of tradespeople and suppliers to help transform the lives of truly deserving families.

Although originally from Belfast, Mark moved to Bangor at a young age and is delighted that this latest job is close to his former family home.

He said: "We had been desperate to come to Northern Ireland but no one was applying so we did an appeal show and a number of jobs came in, including this particular one in Bangor.

"We want to create a home that works for the McCreight family by getting the local community in and turning this property around.

"We need tradespeople, suppliers, joiners, plasterers, carpenters, electricians, kitchen fitters, decorators, landscape gardeners, basically anybody in the trade, to help us move forward," he said.

"The build will involve reconfiguring the entire house to include disabled friendly bedrooms, a wet room with direct access for carers, widened doors throughout and a new lift to access the first floor to allow wheelchairs to move freely and end the isolation of each family member in their individual bedrooms.

"A redesigned and wheelchair-friendly kitchen is needed for all and to help young Ben, who is keen to learn catering as he needs one-to-one supervision.

"Access to the garden will also bring health benefits to the whole family."

Bristol-based carpenter Mark runs his own building firm along with being project manager on the hugely popular DIY series.

With an average of 350 people involved in each build, Mark has already received 1,700 replies from people wanting to be part of the Bangor team.

"The show wouldn't be on the road for 20 years without the support of so many kind people with huge hearts," he added.

"The energy, joy and love that they bring to the build is why we get to the finish line."

Anyone who wishes to volunteer must email diysosbangor@bbc.co.uk in advance of the May 23 'Trades Day' to discuss the project.

The actual DIY SOS Bangor build will be from June 18 to 27.

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