The Big Build - Swansea DIY SOS


The Big Build - Swansea

Home renovation series. 15-year-old Jack has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The team redesigns his family's house to help them all enjoy their time together.


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This is a story about a family staying strong for each other.

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I stay positive about this

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because there's no point looking at life as a downside

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because you only live once, and I may as well live happily.

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But they've endured 14 tough years

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because of a rare and debilitating condition.

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It's the hardest thing in the world when your child asks you,

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"Am I going to come round after the op?

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"Please don't let me die, Mum."

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It absolutely destroys you.

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Their home is totally unsuitable for a disabled teenager,

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and it's adding to the pressure.

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Most of the time, he's never seen me falling apart,

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but the times when you shut the door and you have a good cry

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and you do think to yourself, "Do you know what? Why me? Why Jack?"

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And I don't know, "Why Jack?"

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And that still kills me, to think, "Why Jack?"

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Cos no child deserves what he's been through.

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We've got nine days to give them the house they need.

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It's not going to be easy.

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Mark? The walls are just crumbling to bits up here.

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We're nearly at finish. We don't need that,

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we don't need that to happen now.

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TOOL BUZZES

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We're in Swansea, described by Dylan Thomas as "An ugly, lovely town".

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All the usual suspects are here, and that's taken care of the ugly,

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and our designer this week is the fragrant Gabrielle, but

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we need an army of lovely people. Where are we going to find them?

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How about this lot?

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-Yeah, they look good.

-ALL:

-Yay!

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-Up for helping us out?

-ALL:

-Yes!

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Yes, it's DIY SOS: The Big Build!

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CHEERING

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So we're here to help single mother Helen Morris and her two boys,

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21-year-old Daniel and 14-year-old Jack.

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They live in this three-bedroomed semi, which has been

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the family home for 26 years.

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Helen works part-time at the local Job Centre

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while son Daniel is a full-time administrator.

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Daniel's the first grandson in the family.

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A lot of girls in our family, my sister had two daughters,

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ten girl cousins, so Daniel was very spoilt

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and we were thrilled to have him

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so when I was found out I was having another one

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everybody was absolutely delighted as well.

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Just wanted a lovely, beautiful, young man

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like I had the first time around.

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But soon after her second son Jack was born,

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Helen noticed something was wrong.

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He didn't sit up like a normal child or crawl like a normal child.

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And as a mum, you do know. And I did.

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And I pushed and pushed with the doctors, and then finally somebody

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listened to him, and within a week he was referred to a consultant.

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Tests revealed that Jack's hips were out of their sockets.

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He was put in traction and he was upside-down in a cot

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and both his legs were attached to a rope, and every day

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they sort of stretched the rope a little bit

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until after the ten days then his hips had stretched enough

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ready for the operation.

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You think at the time that was quite a difficult time

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but as time has gone on it's like he's been through a lot worse,

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a lot worse.

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Doctors discovered that Jack was suffering with a rare form

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of muscular dystrophy,

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so rare it only affects one in a million people.

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The condition makes the muscles in the top of the legs, hips

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and back really weak, and in severe cases

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causes scoliosis, or curvature of the spine.

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By the age of seven, his curve in the spine was 37 degrees, and

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within three months it went to 90, so basically his spine collapsed.

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Jack has had 19 operations in his short life,

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but the biggest operation came just 12 months ago, when he was fitted

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with halo and pelvic traction, in an attempt to straighten his spine.

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I couldn't move then from my neck to my hips.

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I was staying stuck in one position.

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Every time I had to stand up you could feel the pins moving in me.

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It was really painful and I was getting infection after infection.

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He used to say to me, "Oh, Mam, please just get the doctor

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"and just tell him to get it off me."

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And Jack's never been a quitter in his life,

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but he was in so much pain.

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And there was times when we were in hospital,

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he looked at me as if he hated me.

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I do hope one day he realises that I've done it

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for all the right reasons, just to give him the best chance in life.

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After nine months in traction, Jack had a final operation

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to permanently fuse the vertebrae of his spine together.

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Every operation is life-threatening for Jack

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because his condition makes him an anaesthetic risk.

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Well, for the last two years he knows what's coming,

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and that's the hardest thing in the world

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when your child is asking you

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"Am I going to come round after the op?

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"Please don't let me die, Mam." Absolutely destroys you.

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Surgeons have stabilised Jack's condition,

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but he is unable to walk on his own.

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Now the house is hampering his recovery.

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Morning, Jack, time for school.

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He's been forced to sleep in the lounge

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and hasn't been able to use his front door for years.

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Jack is very reliant on me at the moment.

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And it's not ideal, he's frustrated.

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I mean, he can't get up the stairs, can't go into his own bedroom.

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As soon as I get out of bed, my mum gives me a wash,

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cos it's hard for me to walk into the bathroom,

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and as I can't sit as low as a normal toilet,

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I have to have a commode in there, so that takes up even more room.

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You don't want your mum bathing you, you don't want your mum taking you

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to the toilet, you don't want your mum helping you clean your teeth.

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It's something that needs to be done and I'm sure most mums would do it.

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Big brother Daniel has witnessed Jack's struggle first-hand.

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I think that Jack feels that sometimes that he'd love to be able

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to do things himself rather than ask my mum, just to give

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her a bit of a break.

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He knows that there are certain things he can and can't do

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and the things he can't do, he's always reliant on my mother.

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And with Jack's bed and equipment taking up most of the living area,

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Daniel is spending more time away from the family home.

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Since Jack has had to move all his stuff downstairs with his bed

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and everything, now there isn't much room for my mates to come round

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at all, so at the moment these days we either tend to go out

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to one of my mates' houses or just go out all together.

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Nobody really comes round here any more.

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Daniel is, of course, very understanding of his brother,

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but the situation with the house is pushing them apart

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and it's taking its toll on Helen, too.

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Most of the time he's never seen me falling apart,

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but the times when you shut the door and you have a good cry

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and you do think to yourself, "Do you know what, why me? Why Jack?"

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And I don't know why Jack?

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And that still kills me to think, "Why Jack?"

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Cos no child

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deserves what he's been through.

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It's going to take a very big build to bring this family back together.

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So what do you fancy, then, Jack? What are we going to do in there?

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I'd like it to be accessible for me really downstairs

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so I'll be able to move around freely in my frame.

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And what about a bit of space maybe for you and your brother

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to spend some time together?

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Yeah, we haven't really been able to spend time together

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because the bed has been in the dining room, so it would be nice

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to have like a family meal together on our dining table.

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Dan spends time in his room, as well, and it would be nice

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if we can all sit together.

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That's the difficulty, though. With Jack living in the lounge it hasn't been a home for you at all?

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No, it has been really hard. I mean, we can't really use

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the living room as much as we wanted to.

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Jack's got so much equipment and everything there's no room to do anything.

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Are you surprised, pleased, nervous about everybody turning up

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and getting involved?

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Absolutely, just like a dream come true, honestly.

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It doesn't happen to people like us.

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We're still really shellshocked.

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As usual the family are moving out and handing over their keys

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and precious home to us,

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and who wouldn't entrust their home to this beautiful bunch(?)

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We thought it might be nice for you to meet the family.

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-This is Jack, and Daniel and Helen.

-How are you doing?

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These are the guys that we're working for this week. What do you need us to do?

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Anything at all, we'd be very grateful and thank you all very much.

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It's going to be totally life-changing for us.

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Well, wait and see what they do first, they might be rubbish.

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I wouldn't even mind if was painting the walls, honestly.

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I think we'll do a bit more than paint the walls.

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So if you'd like to make your way off.

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-We'll catch-up with you later. Thanks very much, guys.

-Thank you everyone, ta-ra.

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So here we go, then. It's day one of the build

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and we have, in the next few days, to build a large single-storey

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extension and totally renovate the house and garden.

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That's all right, then.

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A bit more ventilation, boys.

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Which is always nice when you've got a lot of sweaty builders in a small room.

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And don't think I'm being disparaging, this thing only

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works if we all pull together and work as a team and do it my way.

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When we do a big extension like this we have to put

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the pad down early, so there's a week and a half's work gone on here

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and, as a result, there's a huge amount of earth banked up at the back there,

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which now needs to be got out, about 20 tonne, we reckon.

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You'll find there's plasterers, chippies and electricians

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and all kinds of people in there trying to barrow the stuff out.

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Is it looking good, boys?

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-It's looking marvellous.

-Looking lovely. Tidy!

-Marvellous, isn't it?

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Lovely Welsh accents, lovely Welsh accents.

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-WELSH ACCENT:

-Lovely!

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I'm allowed to do that. I grew up around Merthyr. There's something not so lovely waiting outside.

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-I've got a little test for you.

-Oh, yeah?

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I want you to close your eyes and feel something.

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You've tried that once, I'm not doing that again.

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No, no, it's nothing rude, I want you to feel something

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-and you tell me what it is.

-OK.

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Oh! That is something rude.

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Oh!

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Urgh! What's going on?

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-Ooh!

-I slipped over and I think I've cracked a bone.

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-It's started coming up a bit.

-Show me your other elbow for comparison.

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Oh, it's all blobby, isn't it? It's all... Oh!

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I think it needs an X-ray to find out what's erm...

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What's causing it.

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Or maybe some insect has planted eggs in there and it's currently growing.

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-You toddle off cos I'm feeling...

-Would you mind if I shoot off?

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-No, you go to hospital as soon as possible.

-I feel sick now looking at that.

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Man down already, that wasn't part of the plan.

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Talking of which, does anyone know the plan?

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Ah, this woman looks like she might know what she's talking about.

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Yes, it's the flame-haired lovely with a flair for design

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and a passion for all things great. It's Gabrielle Blackman.

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So what's this about the three business going through this house?

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Well, Jack's now 14 so before you know it you're going to have three

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adults living in this house and the most important thing is getting

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enough social space for them because at the moment they have none.

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Both individually and together.

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Thank you, Nick.

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-It would have been lovely with slightly less sarcasm.

-No, I'm...

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-Why do you hate this bit so much?

-I don't hate this bit, this is important.

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-I'm just...

-This is important to translate your vision to the viewer

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cos she writes to me every now and again and tells she doesn't get it.

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So let me explain Gabrielle's design,

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it's all about independence for Jack and space for the family.

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We demolish the old kitchen and bathroom to make way

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for a large single-storey extension.

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There it goes.

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This will house the first of three shared spaces,

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a large open-plan kitchen-diner.

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Then there will also be a bedroom for Jack with en suite

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wet room, giving him independence and space to grow into a man.

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The old living space is being subtly reconfigured to create

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two further shared spaces, cosy lounge and an adjoining study.

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The hallway and doors will be widened

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and an all-new wheelchair ramp at the front of the house

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will give Jack access via his front door for the first time in years!

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Let's move upstairs.

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Jack's old bedroom will become a new family bathroom

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and there are bedrooms for Helen and Daniel.

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One of the things I find most touching about talking to Jack

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is that he's so aware the impact of his condition

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on everybody around him, and he's got such a...

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And again it's going back to this burden and this guilt

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that he feels for the sacrifices everybody is making for him.

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And that relationship with his mum has been very close

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but he is going to want space on his own as he gets older.

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He's worried about his mum, he's worried about his mum's back.

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She's been physically carrying him around for all these years.

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We're giving her her own bathroom, it's going to be really beautiful.

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-I understand that's quite important to a woman.

-It is very important.

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What is it about the bathing moment that is such a big deal?

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It's just, frankly, an excuse to be on your own for five minutes.

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-Oh, is that what it is?

-Yeah.

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Is that a bit like when I go and sit on the throne for 20 minutes,

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it's that time on your own.

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Do you see what I mean?

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Every woman now is saying it's so we don't have to listen to that

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for about an hour. That's why you go into a nice bath.

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You've got to love the Welsh sense of community.

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We've got 80 tradespeople here today, all just mucking in together.

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Of course, I'm part Welsh, you know.

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All right, Auntie Sheila and Uncle Fred?

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I'll be up to see you later on.

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Isn't it?

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Do you know any Welsh?

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I just did it - "isn't it?"

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Oh!

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-That's my full Welsh repertoire.

-Oh, all right.

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Is it? Isn't it? Is it? Isn't it?

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Thinking about it, I probably should work on my Welsh repertoire.

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Meanwhile, I think Gabrielle needs to work on her decision making.

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What's happened to the porch way?

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Well, we took it down because it wasn't working at all

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and now we're making a new one.

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-Hang on, you took down a perfectly good porch...

-It wasn't perfectly good.

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..because you didn't like having the porch and when you took it off you realised you wanted one?

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No, it wasn't I didn't like having a porch, I didn't like having that specific one.

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It's going to be exactly the same, isn't it?

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I need to think about it because it's someone house.

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If I make thoughtless, thought-free decisions.

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Surely they could also be described as incisive decisions?

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Well, not if they're the wrong ones.

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I need to think. I need two flipping minutes to think whether it's the wrong or the right decision.

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Do you want me to try and draw something?

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No, and you're not allowed anywhere near any of this.

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She's getting quite tense, isn't she?

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So we're a man down without Chris, and Gabrielle is making extra work

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for us but at least we've shifted the 20 tonnes of soil from the

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back of the house and we're ready to start work on the landscaping.

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Gabrielle has mirrored her plan of creating

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three social spaces in the garden, too.

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Low-threshold double doors from the kitchen-diner

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and Jack's bedroom lead out onto a paved terrace.

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An access ramp then heads to a larger space

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for entertaining family and friends.

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Finally we're creating a garden room for Jack and Daniel,

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an all-weather space for them to hang out as brothers,

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giving Helen some respite.

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If this works it's going to be brilliant.

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But even the best-laid plans can come unstuck.

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Nobody accounted for this tree stump exactly where the garden room

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needs to go and it's not shifting for man or machine.

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What I'm really stressed about is the garden room takes up the whole of this length.

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Yeah, what's wrong with that?

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And we've got a flipping massive great big stump here.

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The best thing to do with that is a stump grinder.

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-Have you ever seen a stump grinder at work?

-I haven't.

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-It's a proper big boy's toy.

-It makes a bit of a mess.

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-Lovely, isn't it?

-So does it just...?

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It just grinds it and flicks the sawdust all over the place.

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Hang on a second, I know we know we need a stump grinder,

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but where are we going to find one that's the point?

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It's a specialist bit of kit and we need it today

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if we stand a chance of building the garden room for Jack and Daniel on time.

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It is a crucial space, it's where the boys will be able

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to hang out together as brothers and that's important.

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Tell me about your relationship with your brother?

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My brother is like a best friend to me.

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He just tries his best to help me.

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He helps me with my work.

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He plays me on the Xbox.

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Erm, we spend time in the living room together

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but because he plays... He's very sporty and I'm not.

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I can't play football with him so I'm just stuck watching him, really.

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Where do you think you get that sort of strength from cos not everybody deals with it so well?

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My mother's really strong and she's always there next to me.

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I think the genes have come from her to be strong-hearted, really.

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That's very cool.

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She's a fighter ,your mum, isn't she?

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And you've a very close relationship?

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I think it is closer than many other people because

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the amount of time I've spent in hospital over the last years

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and she's always been there next to me

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and she didn't really miss a night, really.

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And I know over that we have made a really big bond.

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It is really bad the way...

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the way it affects them because they all have to really spend

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their time around me, and Mum

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has spent most of her time around me and

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might have pushed Dan out a little bit

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but Dan has got on with that brilliantly.

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It's clear that Jack and Daniel love each other very much

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but the situation with the house is getting in the way of them

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enjoying quality time together as brothers.

0:17:430:17:47

Back at the building, things are looking up.

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The walls of the timber frame extension are up

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and our injured soldier has returned.

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Here he is, he's back.

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-Oh, it's still there.

-It's still there exactly the same.

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Apparently it's not angry.

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Will you hold that, please.

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Did it turn out to be a hernia that had gone a very long way?

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Apparently...

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Have you broken something.

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I've got student's elbow, check me out.

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-You've got student's elbow.

-Yeah.

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How does that work, then?

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-What's student's elbow?

-That.

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That's mainly from doing that all day, isn't it?

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"I'm feeling sad about myself, I haven't got a girlfriend."

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Did they laugh at you when they told you you had student's elbow?

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-A little bit.

-You haven't been a student in your life!

-That's what I said to her.

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-But he is a student of life.

-Yes.

-I see.

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See, we're very supportive, which is just as well because Gabrielle is breaking the house.

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Mark! The walls are just crumbling to bits up here.

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This is his supportive face.

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Where is she? What's the problem?

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Well, it's all just coming off, my darling.

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It's coming off the walls like that. I know I'm incredibly strong but...

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Right, we're going to have to rip all the walls out. We can't do anything with that.

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Are you all right on that? Get these walls stripped.

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If the studs are rubbish, we'll build new studs.

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I'd quite like us to stop finding new things to do.

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We're going to need more man power and woman power, in actual fact.

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Go to it, our Titian strawberry blonde buddy.

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Now surely something is going to go right today,

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I can feel it in me waters.

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We have a stump grinder!

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What a bit of kit.

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Whoo-hoo!

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And, as I expected, Gabrielle is duly impressed with the grinding.

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Look at that, very happy.

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Oh, a lovely bit of kit that, ain't it?

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Proper savage piece of equipment.

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-Who me?

-Yes, you.

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So were you grinding somewhere else when we called you?

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Yeah, yeah, we've abandoned a job for this...

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-For this project.

-Was it a big stump, was it?

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-Erm, it was bigger than that.

-Is it?

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It's about that size now but it was that size when we started.

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Do you know what? He's just one of many who've given up paid work to come and help.

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Lovely, lovely people... So why do they do it?

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We've all got families. I've got a 14-year-old boy the same age as Jack.

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When I heard the story that really did sort of hit home

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because you realise how fortunate you are with your own kids

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and for what's Jack's been through, and meeting him the other day,

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and the smile that he's got on his face,

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there's no questions as to why we're doing it.

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Are you looking forward to when the family come back and see this?

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Yes, yes, really am, yes.

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Will you be emotional, do you think?

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Are you an emotional man?

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Are you a man who has a little cry?

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Not in public but I do have a little...now and again.

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-Do you?

-Yeah.

-A few man hugs maybe at the end of the week, or is that going too far?

0:20:390:20:43

No, no, I do like a man hug now and again but not in public.

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Oh, right. Do you want a man hug now, or not?

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-Do you need to turn the camera away for this?

-No, let's go for it.

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That's what we call in Wales a cwtch.

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-A cwtch, is that what they call it?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Nice.

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There's another one for my Welsh repertoire, a cwtch.

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Well, as we look through the house a new stud wall built in here,

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this is going to be the study area

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and then we move through into what will be the living room area

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where we've made a lot of dust in the air at the moment and

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the ceiling's down, the electrics in, plumbing in etc, etc.

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Come through into the new building.

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Cos, as you can see, it's extraordinary large.

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This is going to be kitchen and bedroom and then wet room.

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If you look out here over the top of my lovely friends here,

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even the garden' been made a start on. So quite a good day, don't you think?

0:21:280:21:31

-We've done a very good day.

-It's been lovely.

-Absolutely brilliant.

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It's been that good let's go and have some dinner.

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That's a very good idea, all right.

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-Salad, obviously.

-See you in the morning.

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Well, another day and we've got 80 trades on site this morning again.

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Even the local bobbies are rolling up their sleeves to help.

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You've got to pull them over when they're with the wheelbarrow and go,

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"What speed do you think you're doing?"

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Why have you and your mate decided to come in and join in

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and throw yourselves at this particular project?

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It's just nice to go and help into the community

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like, you know, help a boy who needs a bit of help.

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It's just enjoyable, you know, something to do nice, like.

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-Have you got kids yourself?

-I've got four.

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-Have you?

-Yeah.

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Inside the plumbers are flying through the house but it appears

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that someone has amended Gabrielle's plan without consulting her.

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There's a pipe in the way and I've got to redesign the furniture.

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You've got to have gas in here,

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got to have gas, got to have heat, got to have warmth.

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No, but it would be nice if someone could say,

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"Gabbers, we're about to put a flipping great big pipe in..."

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We couldn't do that cos we had to get the scaffolders in.

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-We had to get the plumber in so the scaffolders...

-I'm right here!

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I was probably over there when this happened.

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Yes, but you were dealing with what shape you wanted the garden wall to be.

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You can't deal with everything, you're not omnipresent.

0:22:520:22:55

Well, I'm just bimbling about.

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If people would say, "Do you mind if we ruin your design in this room,

0:22:570:23:00

"just as we ruined it in that room?"

0:23:000:23:03

In which case we better consult her before we drop

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the ceiling height in that room.

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It's purely aesthetic but I thought it would be nice to hide this step in the corner.

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Do you want this ceiling reduced, or not?

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I'm thinking it through, I can't just, you know.

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-I don't know if I want to lose the ceiling height or not...

-Be reckless.

0:23:170:23:20

-I don't think we can.

-I think you should lose the ceiling height.

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I don't think we can. Look how high the window's coming up.

0:23:230:23:26

-I don't think you can.

-Yeah, it would look stupid.

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-How about some nice curves.

-No, no, no way.

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And then you can mimic it in that corner over there,

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-so you get like a...

-Oh, oh, oh!

0:23:340:23:35

You could have four of them in each corner.

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Please! I'm actually going to be physically sick

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if anyone does any curvy ceilings.

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And then a nice ceiling rose in the middle, mimicking the four corners.

0:23:430:23:47

Just let me actually think it through.

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-Well, when can we expect a decision on that one?

-Well, I mean...

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This is why we don't consult you.

0:23:520:23:54

I need to give her some time.

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Maybe an hour, or a day, or a year.

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I can use the time to go off and have a chat with Daniel,

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who you'll remember Jack described as his best friend.

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You were seven when Jack came along

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and so you've lived with this your whole life.

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Has that been difficult?

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When Jack came and, obviously, he had his disability

0:24:150:24:17

I wasn't having as much attention as most kids of my age would have had

0:24:170:24:21

but it's something that...Jack needed our help and I understood that

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and my mother did everything, not only for Jack

0:24:240:24:26

but she did try and spend and do as much stuff with me.

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It's something you seem to get on with and you start to live with then.

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Do you find it difficult, as a brother,

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knowing there are things that Jack can't join in with?

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Well, I do feel really sympathetic for him.

0:24:360:24:38

I mean, well, knowing that, he's already told me how hard

0:24:380:24:42

he find things, watching everyone do what basically he can't do but,

0:24:420:24:46

I mean, with Jack he's got a really big heart and he just gets on with it

0:24:460:24:49

and he's happy for everyone else even though he knows he can't do it.

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He's a teenage boy and he's growing into his teenage years

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and, I guess, what he really wants is independence.

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I think he does feel a bit guilty sometimes, like he has to

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ask my mother mostly and then me for some things that he can't do,

0:25:020:25:06

but I mean he tries, he just wants things to be as normal as possible

0:25:060:25:09

for himself, to be honest with you.

0:25:090:25:11

So the more independence we can give him the better.

0:25:110:25:13

Yeah, definitely, and he'd really enjoy that, as well, knowing

0:25:130:25:16

that he wouldn't have to ask me and my mum for so much any more.

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Yep, it seems Jack's independence IS key to giving this family

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the quality of life they deserve.

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Time to get back to site and there's been a change.

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Look at the outside of the house, it's been rendered all over

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and is looking very, very pretty.

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Although, I may have forgotten to consult Gabby on something.

0:25:330:25:37

Well, I've just overheard by pure chance somebody ordering

0:25:370:25:40

-decking for the garden.

-That's right.

-Why?

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Because we have to raise to a level of the patio doors

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and you've got flush exit/entry patio doors.

0:25:480:25:52

Yeah, low threshold, yeah.

0:25:520:25:54

And when we actually bring the pipe, the concrete down to this edge

0:25:540:25:57

and the ramp at the far end, it leaves this area in here

0:25:570:26:00

-and so if we put a wood decking down here...

-No, no, no!

0:26:000:26:03

-Stop.

-With a retaining wall.

-Nick. Nicholas, seriously, just stop.

0:26:030:26:06

You said...I mean nobody even talked to me about this

0:26:060:26:09

and the one thing the family asked me for is no decking.

0:26:090:26:12

I can't have decisions like that made without even asking me.

0:26:120:26:15

We did. We talked about it together, didn't we?

0:26:160:26:18

We talked about it, Nick, yeah. It's the part end problem, you know, with the level threshold.

0:26:180:26:22

No, no! Argh! I'm completely aware of the level threshold.

0:26:220:26:26

This is just not a discussion I'm going to have.

0:26:260:26:28

If I said sorry would it help?

0:26:280:26:29

Sorry would help and not being so patronising would really help.

0:26:290:26:32

I'm really sorry and I'll try to be less patronising. I don't mean to be patronising at all.

0:26:320:26:36

Well, you can't help it. It is just your demeanour, to be fair, you do it to everyone, doesn't he, Chris?

0:26:360:26:40

-Have I been patronising to you?

-No, not to me, no.

0:26:400:26:43

You said that in a really condescending way.

0:26:430:26:46

-Now I feel bad.

-Good.

0:26:460:26:49

I do, I really do feel bad. I was only trying to help.

0:26:490:26:53

We're still waiting on a decision for the porch, or the ceiling in the lounge.

0:26:530:26:57

Things are cracking on with the access ramp for Jack,

0:26:570:26:59

such a simple thing being able to use your own front door.

0:26:590:27:03

It's an absolutely sweltering hot day, too,

0:27:030:27:06

so the tops are coming off all over the place,

0:27:060:27:08

including Jules with his special builder's tan.

0:27:080:27:11

It's stuck to me.

0:27:110:27:12

-When I was young and fit and working on the building site.

-Yeah.

0:27:120:27:16

-I burnt my shoulders a bit, cos I was walking around topless.

-Yeah.

0:27:160:27:19

I burnt my shoulders, so I got a T-shirt and I cut it off there.

0:27:190:27:23

-You went crop top?

-I went crop top.

0:27:230:27:26

What were you thinking, Perryman!

0:27:260:27:27

-Well, I was just trying to protect my shoulders.

-But what(?)

0:27:270:27:30

And I was just walking up Modbury high street

0:27:300:27:33

and I was getting wolf whistles from men and women.

0:27:330:27:35

It was a bit scary.

0:27:350:27:37

And I promise we did not spray tan his head.

0:27:370:27:39

-Are you all right?

-Yes, sweetie, going well.

0:27:400:27:42

It's like Jodrell Bank up here. This is the bit that scares me. I don't like electricity.

0:27:420:27:46

I feel like I'm a puppet on strings.

0:27:460:27:49

I was going to ask you a question, what's your favourite job

0:27:490:27:51

you've ever had, obviously, other than DIY SOS?

0:27:510:27:54

Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua...

0:27:540:27:58

New York...

0:27:580:28:00

I reckon, I had a few years in the fairgrounds.

0:28:000:28:04

That doesn't surprise me at all, to be honest.

0:28:040:28:07

Well, it's true cos there's a...

0:28:070:28:09

-There's a bit of everything in me, you know that.

-Yes.

0:28:090:28:12

So which stall did you run?

0:28:120:28:14

The strange thing was I was pretty good at shooting.

0:28:140:28:16

So you reckon you're a bit of a sharp-eyed shooter?

0:28:160:28:19

Well, the trouble is I was losing a lot of money from pundits

0:28:190:28:22

coming up and bang, bang, bang.

0:28:220:28:23

In the end they said, "You've got to beat Billy."

0:28:230:28:25

They used to call me Billy The Shot Bull's-eye Byrne.

0:28:250:28:28

Did anyone ever beat you?

0:28:280:28:30

-No-one beat me.

-How long?

0:28:300:28:32

38 years.

0:28:320:28:33

38 years, man and boy.

0:28:330:28:34

And they called you what was it again?

0:28:340:28:36

Billy The Shot Bull's-eye Byrne.

0:28:360:28:38

-Did they?

-Yeah, I've never missed.

-Never missed.

-No.

0:28:380:28:43

Now you know that that's a bit of a set-up.

0:28:430:28:46

I know, but play along with us cos it's going to be very entertaining.

0:28:460:28:49

He's off to meet the boys because I've suddenly realised that

0:28:490:28:52

shooting is something they can all do together.

0:28:520:28:54

-Go on, tell your brother what you're doing.

-We're going shooting.

0:28:540:28:57

Brilliant, that's something we can do together.

0:28:570:28:59

That's the point and we've invited Billy, our best shot.

0:28:590:29:02

He's supposed to have been here by now. Where is he?

0:29:020:29:04

Come on, then, boys, let's get to it.

0:29:040:29:07

What have you come as?

0:29:070:29:09

This is what we used to wear when we used to go shooting.

0:29:090:29:11

-What, to sneak up on people?

-You don't want them to see you, do you?

0:29:110:29:15

You're not a sniper, we're just doing some friendly shooting.

0:29:150:29:17

Look, I'm going to go over there and do some sunbathing,

0:29:170:29:20

the shooting is through that way. Off you go.

0:29:200:29:22

Jack, Danny, come on, let me show you how good I am.

0:29:220:29:25

Suffering the usual lack of confidence,

0:29:250:29:26

our flip-flop assassin is heading off to take on the boys

0:29:260:29:31

and I bet he won't make any excuses.

0:29:310:29:33

Oh, I haven't done this for a couple of years, I promise you.

0:29:330:29:36

Maybe one or two excuses.

0:29:360:29:38

OK, right, so, Jack, we just need to put that cross

0:29:380:29:41

on what you want to hit and then just slowly squeeze the trigger.

0:29:410:29:43

Now a funny thing happens here,

0:29:430:29:45

it turns out Jack is a bit good at this.

0:29:450:29:48

-You got him! Yes, downed it!

-I got that, it was mine.

0:29:480:29:50

-No, it wasn't.

-It was.

0:29:500:29:52

And so is Daniel.

0:29:530:29:55

In fact, in no time, they're knocking down target after target.

0:29:550:30:02

So push that into the left so that it slides.

0:30:020:30:05

Whilst Billy still hasn't worked out how to switch the thing on.

0:30:050:30:08

Oh, that one? I see.

0:30:080:30:10

I'm going to go for that little rat.

0:30:100:30:13

You dirty rat, you killed my brother.

0:30:130:30:15

Yes, impressions of people from 1936!

0:30:150:30:20

Oh, I didn't load it.

0:30:210:30:23

Meanwhile, Jack...

0:30:230:30:24

Oh, yeah, that was a great hit.

0:30:240:30:26

..and Daniel...

0:30:260:30:28

Good shot.

0:30:280:30:29

..are doing amazingly well.

0:30:290:30:30

Oh, another one. You're really showing Billy how to do it, he's missing every shot next-door here.

0:30:300:30:35

Yeah, couldn't hit a barn door.

0:30:350:30:37

-Oh, no.

-It moved.

0:30:370:30:38

-It moved.

-It was the wind.

0:30:380:30:41

Making ugly eyes at me.

0:30:410:30:43

Nothing!

0:30:460:30:47

Getting further away each time now, Billy.

0:30:470:30:49

Did you know, I could split a matchstick from 300 yards?

0:30:490:30:53

OK, Jack, when you're ready, go for the pyros on what

0:30:560:30:58

we call the tombstone, then you'll be in for a big surprise.

0:30:580:31:01

So to prove he's really good, look at this.

0:31:010:31:04

Yes, brilliant stuff, excellent.

0:31:090:31:11

That was a genuine shot and so is this.

0:31:110:31:13

Come on, Bill, you can do it.

0:31:160:31:18

Argh!

0:31:200:31:22

That's on a different course altogether.

0:31:220:31:25

I think there's something wrong with your eyesight there, Bill.

0:31:250:31:28

I'm the best shot there is, Billy The Shot Bull's-eye Byrne.

0:31:280:31:32

Do you know what I mean?

0:31:320:31:34

I don't know about bull's-eye. Bull something.

0:31:340:31:36

What a cracking day for the boys, though, I really enjoyed that.

0:31:360:31:41

So we're at the halfway stage and things are starting to take shape.

0:31:410:31:44

Gabrielle eventually decided to drop the ceiling height in the lounge,

0:31:440:31:48

and now the plasterers are cracking on with the boarding and skimming

0:31:480:31:51

and it's at this point I think building sites turn into real houses once the plaster goes on.

0:31:510:31:55

The tiles are going on the walls in Jack's wet room

0:31:550:31:58

and the kitchen is being installed.

0:31:580:32:00

Outside the house is being transformed with a new render

0:32:000:32:03

and beautiful sash windows and work on the garden room is under way

0:32:030:32:06

and they've started on the drainage and paving.

0:32:060:32:09

I have to admit Gabrielle's Plan A was the correct plan.

0:32:090:32:12

Still no news on the porch, though,

0:32:120:32:14

and there is a still a long way to go.

0:32:140:32:16

Oh!

0:32:160:32:18

And it seems we've hit a problem with Jack's wet room floor.

0:32:180:32:21

The water from the shower runs back towards Jack's bedroom door.

0:32:230:32:26

ON PHONE: Oh, my God, right.

0:32:260:32:29

So we need to take that beautiful floor you've just laid,

0:32:290:32:34

take that... Is that glued down?

0:32:340:32:37

'Yes, it's fully bonded, yes.

0:32:400:32:42

'You can run a knife round the base of the cork where the radius hits the flat.'

0:32:420:32:46

-And peel that floor out and get it prepped for you to come back and lay a new floor?

-'Yeah.'

0:32:460:32:51

All right, Phil, thanks for your help, mate,

0:32:510:32:54

I'll speak to you later on. Cheers.

0:32:540:32:56

'OK, ta-ra.'

0:32:560:32:58

That room has to work perfectly for Jack so that he can go in

0:32:580:33:03

and have a shower, that the whole room is perfect for him

0:33:030:33:06

and we're nearly at finish. We don't need that, we don't need that to happen now.

0:33:060:33:10

So we've got to be positive, be positive and get it sorted out.

0:33:100:33:15

What he means is the water is running towards the doorway

0:33:150:33:18

not towards the plughole as it should.

0:33:180:33:20

So whilst they're sorting that out, I'm going to pop round to have a chat with Mum.

0:33:200:33:23

What do you think people would not understand about having to

0:33:230:33:26

deal with all the things you've dealt with?

0:33:260:33:28

It is difficult bringing up the boys and working and being a mum

0:33:280:33:33

and Jack, as Jack's been on... with Jack 24/7 but...

0:33:330:33:37

What can you say? There are, like, I don't know,

0:33:400:33:44

a lot of people going through what I'm going through.

0:33:440:33:46

Would it be fair to say that the hardest thing is

0:33:460:33:48

the fact that is just doesn't ever stop?

0:33:480:33:51

Yeah, erm...

0:33:510:33:52

It has been constant for the last, well, since he's been born.

0:33:530:33:56

I mean, he had his first operation at nine months so just..

0:33:560:34:01

-Just worn out?

-Mmm.

0:34:010:34:04

And what really hurt me is when I was coming home from hospital,

0:34:040:34:07

the nurse practitioner phoned Social Services to see if there was any help available

0:34:070:34:12

and the comment that was made was,

0:34:120:34:14

"Yeah, we could help if she was having a nervous breakdown"

0:34:140:34:17

and they were like, "Are you having a nervous breakdown?"

0:34:170:34:20

Then it goes through my head then and if I...

0:34:200:34:22

Daft things go through your head. I said, "Well, if I admit to them

0:34:220:34:25

"I'm having a nervous breakdown they may take my kids off me."

0:34:250:34:28

Do you know? Like, silly things go...

0:34:280:34:29

So I just felt as soon as I came out of hospital

0:34:290:34:32

you're just very much on your own and you've got to get on with it.

0:34:320:34:35

You wonder where Jack gets his strength from. To me it's very clear.

0:34:350:34:38

So where do you get your strength from?

0:34:380:34:41

Cos Jack's strong, Jack makes me strong

0:34:410:34:44

and, you know, he needs me

0:34:440:34:47

and at one time for five months he needed me 24/7

0:34:470:34:50

and that was a hard time, so...

0:34:500:34:52

He's in pain and he gets on with it so I think,

0:34:520:34:55

"What am I moaning about?" You know, he's the one that's struggling

0:34:550:34:58

and I'm... That's where I get my strength, from it's from Jack.

0:34:580:35:01

It's very clear that they get their strength from each other.

0:35:010:35:04

They lean on each other, they support each other.

0:35:040:35:07

It's a very lovely family, isn't it?

0:35:070:35:10

Well, it's the last day and there's a long way still to go.

0:35:100:35:13

The wet room floor is being re-latexed to make the water run towards the drain,

0:35:130:35:17

but it still isn't right.

0:35:170:35:19

It's been bulked up to an extent but it,

0:35:190:35:22

they've built-up this area here but this area here is still...

0:35:220:35:26

-Still low?

-Yeah.

0:35:260:35:28

If we bring another coat of latex now to that height,

0:35:280:35:32

it's still only just giving you a fall.

0:35:320:35:36

We're at the point now when we have to start bringing a lip up and

0:35:360:35:39

-then that gives us the difficulty of wheelchair access.

-Yeah.

0:35:390:35:42

-We're going to have to build it up.

-Yeah.

0:35:420:35:45

-This pushes you back again, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

0:35:450:35:48

Definitely cos he's been in here for three days now.

0:35:480:35:50

Do you want a cwtch?

0:35:530:35:54

Correct use of the word cwtch there, you see.

0:35:540:35:56

I need a cwtch, too, at the moment.

0:35:560:35:58

Things aren't just going wrong in the wet room.

0:35:580:36:01

These bespoke shelves are beautifully built in Jack's bedroom

0:36:010:36:04

but they're in the wrong place.

0:36:040:36:06

The guys, in their haste, checked this dimension.

0:36:060:36:10

Off of the reveal when they should have done it from the wall.

0:36:100:36:13

And this is the important dimension, obviously, his bed.

0:36:130:36:16

And how is it on the bed?

0:36:160:36:18

So we need 1050 and we've got 960

0:36:180:36:22

which would be fine for a standard single but this is our hospital bed.

0:36:220:36:26

So...

0:36:290:36:30

So it's all got to come off and move over.

0:36:300:36:32

Yes, and this has taken a really, really long time,

0:36:320:36:35

and we've got wires and pipes

0:36:350:36:37

and, you know, if we'd plied it, it would not be a problem.

0:36:370:36:42

-But we didn't?

-No.

-There's no point in talking about what we could have done.

-I know, I know.

0:36:420:36:46

See, this is what makes me wrinkly,

0:36:460:36:48

and the garden's got a lot to do too.

0:36:480:36:50

This is the last day, we've got to nail this.

0:36:500:36:53

-You've got a bit left to do down there.

-Yeah, about an hour left down there.

0:36:530:36:56

Can we reduce the amount of paving we can do up here

0:36:560:36:58

and make a path through so that you can get from the top of the ramp

0:36:580:37:01

into the shed and onto the garden, and just gravel this section here?

0:37:010:37:04

Yeah, yeah, that's no problem.

0:37:040:37:07

We're going to have to put pressure on you to try and get this out

0:37:070:37:10

so we can get all the bodies off this bit so we can get this down

0:37:100:37:13

-cos we don't want to be here at midnight tonight laying slabs.

-That's it.

0:37:130:37:16

We've only just starting building this 1,800-brick sidewall.

0:37:160:37:21

What do you reckon, five of them on this wall?

0:37:230:37:26

We reckon there's going to be five tubs of this on the wall.

0:37:260:37:29

You know this lot are not going to be beaten,

0:37:290:37:31

they have turned out in their droves and are working like Trojans.

0:37:310:37:34

Strike that, they're not working like Trojans,

0:37:340:37:37

they're working like Welsh people from the Swansea area, which is

0:37:370:37:40

exactly what they are, these people are going to make a difference.

0:37:400:37:43

One person who knows just how much it means is Jack's

0:37:430:37:46

play specialist from the hospital, Jane.

0:37:460:37:49

You nominated the family, Jane, and you've worked with him

0:37:490:37:53

as he's gone through all of his various operations?

0:37:530:37:56

How tough has the process been for him in what he's gone through?

0:37:560:38:00

Gruelling.

0:38:000:38:01

He has scoliosis correction seven years ago and rods put in,

0:38:010:38:06

but because he was still only seven then

0:38:060:38:09

the rods have a growing system, so it's a bit like an expandable shower curtain rail.

0:38:090:38:14

Every six months he'd come in and have the rods extended

0:38:140:38:17

and people think because, you know, these children have been in before,

0:38:170:38:21

had the treatment before, it gets easier. Well, sometimes it doesn't.

0:38:210:38:24

As they get older it gets harder and harder to come in and have those ops done.

0:38:240:38:27

His last day was particularly tough, wasn't it?

0:38:270:38:30

I know Helen was very emotional about it.

0:38:300:38:32

Yeah, for that last visit Helen got quite upset

0:38:320:38:36

when he was going up to theatre.

0:38:360:38:38

So I went in with Jack and as he's going off to sleep

0:38:380:38:41

for the anaesthetic he said,

0:38:410:38:43

"Oh, Jane, will you make sure my mum's OK?"

0:38:430:38:45

You know, even when he's going through all that, he was still

0:38:450:38:47

worried about his mum and they are just such a close,

0:38:470:38:51

loving family, you know. It's wonderful to watch it, really.

0:38:510:38:54

That's why they deserve it, they never complain, they never ask for anything...

0:38:540:38:57

-No, just get on with it...

-She still goes to work.

-Yeah.

0:38:570:39:00

-You know it's amazing really.

-She's never lived off benefit, she's you know, she's...

0:39:000:39:04

And she's just got on with life.

0:39:040:39:06

It seems that this family's story has touched so many people

0:39:080:39:11

and motivated many more to turn out and help.

0:39:110:39:13

I've got a 14-year-old grandson of my own.

0:39:150:39:17

Erm...

0:39:170:39:18

I think this young lad just needs all the help we can give him.

0:39:180:39:22

Erm, I'm in the position to do it and I'm glad to do it.

0:39:220:39:25

And it's not just people from the local community.

0:39:250:39:27

Laurence here has brought his team all the way from Exeter.

0:39:270:39:31

It's the second time in three years that you've joined in with us

0:39:310:39:33

and the same reason, I can imagine.

0:39:330:39:35

It is, I think having a daughter who's got special needs

0:39:350:39:39

I know the quality of life that the children will get

0:39:390:39:42

from having this building. I don't need to question it.

0:39:420:39:45

And Tony's been working nights in a care home before coming

0:39:450:39:49

to help out here every day.

0:39:490:39:51

Well, I had a niece who was disabled

0:39:510:39:54

and she had a similar facility put in.

0:39:540:39:57

She had a bedroom and a wet room downstairs

0:39:570:40:00

and it makes a world of difference.

0:40:000:40:02

Just a little bit of going without sleep for me and it's not a long time.

0:40:020:40:07

A fantastic feeling, you can't buy that.

0:40:070:40:09

People have come from all walks of life to help out, you know.

0:40:090:40:13

It's been great, ain't it? We've had a lot of local heroes on this job.

0:40:130:40:16

And the most famous tiler in Wales.

0:40:160:40:19

# Turn around...

0:40:190:40:21

# Every now and then I get a little bit lonely. #

0:40:210:40:24

SHE LAUGHS CHEERING

0:40:240:40:26

Bonnie Tyler in the house!

0:40:260:40:28

Doing the tiling, literally.

0:40:280:40:30

LAUGHTER

0:40:300:40:32

OK, so she wasn't really doing the tiling,

0:40:320:40:35

but she certainly got everyone fired up for the final push.

0:40:350:40:38

Look at this lot go.

0:40:380:40:40

Go on, Bonnie!

0:40:400:40:42

I think we've even cracked the wet room floor.

0:40:460:40:48

So we need to start up here by the door jamb.

0:40:480:40:52

-There we go.

-There she goes.

-Woo-hoo!

0:40:520:40:54

That's what you call a Rory McIlroy.

0:40:580:41:00

Gabrielle's bespoke porch is a triumph. A triumphal arch, if you like.

0:41:000:41:04

Shame she's not here to see it

0:41:040:41:05

as she's doing some portrait shots of the dog.

0:41:050:41:08

Have you thought this through? Why is everything grey?

0:41:080:41:11

I hate tongue and groove.

0:41:110:41:12

That's Nick Knowles. NICK LAUGHS

0:41:120:41:15

It wasn't bad actually, was it?

0:41:150:41:17

Do you know what else isn't bad, the finishing touches on the house.

0:41:170:41:20

Look at 'em go! They are proper heroes one and all!

0:41:200:41:25

MUSIC: I Need A Hero by Bonnie Tyler

0:41:250:41:28

Nine days ago, this tired, old house

0:41:290:41:32

fell a long way short of meeting the family's needs.

0:41:320:41:35

Jacks' mobility meant that he was left stranded in his own living room

0:41:350:41:38

and totally reliant on his mum, Helen, to do the simplest of tasks.

0:41:380:41:42

In the middle of the night, if I need anything,

0:41:420:41:45

to go to the toilet or something like that,

0:41:450:41:48

I'd have to call my mum to come downstairs.

0:41:480:41:51

And I really don't like doing that because, as my mother's tired doing everything for me in the day,

0:41:510:41:57

I like for her to have a good night's sleep. So I just wait until the morning.

0:41:570:42:02

But mum stayed strong for Jack even when she was struggling inside.

0:42:020:42:06

Most of the time he's never seen me falling apart,

0:42:060:42:10

but there are times when you shut the door and you have a good cry

0:42:100:42:13

and you do think to yourself, "Do you know what, why me, why Jack?"

0:42:130:42:17

And I don't know why Jack.

0:42:180:42:21

And that still kills me to think, "Why Jack?"

0:42:210:42:24

Cos no child...deserves what he's been through.

0:42:240:42:30

The lack of space meant that Helen's only retreat was her bedroom,

0:42:300:42:34

and brother Daniel couldn't spend quality time with Jack as he once did.

0:42:340:42:38

Jack's bed is in the one half of the living room

0:42:380:42:40

and then he's got his big chair in the other half.

0:42:400:42:43

So, it's really hard for everyone to sit down there as a family and spend time together.

0:42:430:42:46

The local community and those from further afield

0:42:460:42:50

have given it their all to complete this build on time.

0:42:500:42:53

And they've done an incredible job.

0:42:530:42:56

The outside of the property has been totally transformed

0:42:580:43:00

with a white, bright render and beautiful sash windows.

0:43:000:43:03

Gabrielle's bespoke porch with Welsh slate tiles and this stylish front door

0:43:030:43:08

welcome family and friends into the home.

0:43:080:43:11

And, you know, it's the new access ramp at the front that's such a big deal,

0:43:130:43:16

a wider hallway and doors will allow Jack

0:43:160:43:19

to use his front door for the first time since he was a very small child.

0:43:190:43:23

Gabrielle has utilised every millimetre of the old living space

0:43:250:43:29

where Jack once slept to create two defined but accessible spaces.

0:43:290:43:33

A practical study with a bespoke desk gives Jack a place to revise for his GCSEs,

0:43:330:43:38

whilst Helen relaxes nearby in this cosy lounge.

0:43:380:43:42

Double doors lead through into the new extension,

0:43:430:43:45

which is home to the large kitchen-diner,

0:43:450:43:47

a space where the family can enjoy meals around the table together once again.

0:43:470:43:52

At the rear of the extension

0:43:550:43:57

is a bedroom for Jack with en suite wet room.

0:43:570:44:00

Filled with gadgets, it's a space that gives him

0:44:000:44:02

privacy and independence as he grows into a young man.

0:44:020:44:07

Upstairs there's a double bedroom for Daniel,

0:44:080:44:10

so he can spend more time at home.

0:44:100:44:13

And we've refreshed Helen's bedroom

0:44:160:44:18

to create a tranquil and calm retreat.

0:44:180:44:21

You know Jack's old bedroom has been given a spruce up too,

0:44:220:44:25

it's become a modern but luxurious bathroom,

0:44:250:44:28

a space for Helen to relax and pamper herself.

0:44:280:44:32

Right, let's nip outside. The garden has been completely overhauled

0:44:340:44:37

to make it wheelchair accessible.

0:44:370:44:39

We've created three zones to meet the needs of every occasion.

0:44:390:44:43

Double doors from the kitchen-diner and Jack's bedroom lead out onto this beautiful paved terrace,

0:44:430:44:49

a place where Helen can enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

0:44:490:44:53

A nice little subtle access ramp leads to this low-maintenance entertaining space for parties.

0:44:530:44:59

And, finally, this garden room is a man-only hang-out for Jack and Daniel

0:44:590:45:03

to enjoy quality time as brothers.

0:45:030:45:06

This is a home for three people to enjoy independence and privacy,

0:45:070:45:11

but also be together as the strong family they are.

0:45:110:45:15

It's time for them to come home.

0:45:150:45:18

OK, the house needed to change to make your life better,

0:45:200:45:26

Jack's life better, Daniel's life better.

0:45:260:45:29

We hope we've given you what you need.

0:45:290:45:32

Open your eyes.

0:45:320:45:34

-Oh, my gosh!

-SHE SOBS

0:45:340:45:36

SHE SOBS

0:45:380:45:40

Oh, my God!

0:45:430:45:45

God! It's amazing!

0:45:490:45:51

Oh, it's fantastic!

0:45:530:45:55

I don't know what to say!

0:45:590:46:01

The chair, which has been in the middle of the room and causing problems,

0:46:020:46:05

now has its proper place and it's somewhere that you can get around,

0:46:050:46:09

but it's part of a whole sofa area where you can all sit together.

0:46:090:46:13

It's beyond my wildest dreams.

0:46:140:46:17

-Oh, look at that for Jack!

-Yeah.

0:46:190:46:22

-Come on. I've got more to show you.

-OK.

0:46:230:46:26

Oh!

0:46:310:46:33

Oh, gosh!

0:46:340:46:36

Oh!

0:46:360:46:38

Oh!

0:46:380:46:40

Oh, it's absolutely beautiful!

0:46:400:46:43

It really is!

0:46:430:46:46

Oh, table and chairs!

0:46:460:46:48

That's all I've ever dreamed of is a table and chairs.

0:46:510:46:54

Why is a table and chairs so important?

0:46:540:46:57

Because we've... For the last year, we've never sat around the table together.

0:46:570:47:01

And we've just missed it. We're always living off trays, sitting in the lounge,

0:47:010:47:05

so this is just going to be absolutely amazing.

0:47:050:47:07

And now we've got a wide door now to get Jack through,

0:47:070:47:10

we just can all sit round the table together.

0:47:100:47:13

It's...absolutely fantastic!

0:47:130:47:16

What a house!

0:47:160:47:18

What a home!

0:47:180:47:20

-Go on.

-SHE GASPS

0:47:250:47:27

Oh!

0:47:290:47:31

Oh, look at this!

0:47:330:47:36

Oh, love him!

0:47:360:47:38

SHE SIGHS

0:47:390:47:41

Oh, he's going to love this. He'll love it.

0:47:410:47:44

Independence...key.

0:47:460:47:48

Oh!

0:47:500:47:51

Oh, look at this!

0:47:530:47:55

He can wheel himself in here or walk in here, whatever.

0:47:570:48:01

Wet room shower room. Now if I just push this button here.

0:48:010:48:04

Remote control system. It has sensors on it, it knows when it's being sat on.

0:48:040:48:09

It flushes for him, it cleans him, it dries him.

0:48:090:48:13

-Wow!

-He can do all this himself.

0:48:130:48:16

He's going to be absolutely over the moon.

0:48:160:48:18

-I know.

-Now, you said to me the other day

0:48:180:48:21

-you hadn't had a bath in a year.

-No.

0:48:210:48:23

-And we didn't want to say anything, obviously, cos it's...

-SHE LAUGHS

0:48:230:48:26

-I have had a shower.

-BOTH LAUGH

0:48:260:48:29

Let's go and have a look upstairs.

0:48:290:48:30

Oh! Look at this!

0:48:330:48:35

-SHE SOBS

-Oh!

0:48:390:48:41

So at the end of a long day,

0:48:410:48:44

you can leave them down in their area.

0:48:440:48:46

If you want to get away, come up here, have a nice, long bath.

0:48:470:48:53

Oh, it's absolutely lovely!

0:48:530:48:55

-Look at it all!

-Come on, we haven't finished yet.

0:48:550:48:58

This way.

0:48:580:49:00

SHE SIGHS

0:49:060:49:07

Will this do?

0:49:090:49:10

Oh!

0:49:100:49:12

It's fantastic!

0:49:130:49:15

I asked you the other day

0:49:180:49:20

if you could imagine family life being different and you said no.

0:49:200:49:25

-What about now?

-Oh, gosh!

0:49:270:49:30

This is totally life-changing for us, honestly.

0:49:310:49:35

-Are you excited to see the boys see it?

-Oh, yeah.

0:49:350:49:38

Oh, gosh, yeah. They're just going to be blown away.

0:49:380:49:41

They're just coming down the road. Do you want to come and meet them?

0:49:410:49:44

-We'll meet 'em out the front.

-Hmm.

-Come on.

-I'd love too.

0:49:440:49:46

Whose house are we at?

0:49:480:49:50

SHE SOBS

0:49:500:49:52

-All right?

-Yeah.

0:49:580:50:00

-Doesn't even look like the same house.

-No, it's not, trust me.

0:50:050:50:09

And now finally, for the first time in years,

0:50:090:50:12

Jack gets to go in his own front door.

0:50:120:50:15

-God!

-God!

0:50:150:50:16

-Oh, my God!

-Oh, my God!

0:50:160:50:19

-Oh, wow!

-This is amazing!

0:50:210:50:24

It's out of this world!

0:50:240:50:26

Oh, my God!

0:50:290:50:31

Unbelievable!

0:50:340:50:36

-Look at the photos on the wall, Jack.

-Oh.

-Oh! Oh, my God!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:50:360:50:40

-Aren't they're lovely?

-They're lush!

0:50:420:50:45

ALL LAUGH

0:50:450:50:47

-Your bedroom, Jack.

-Oh, my God!

0:50:470:50:50

-Wow!

-Oh!

0:50:530:50:54

What do you think?

0:50:540:50:56

-Erm...I'm speechless.

-That's no good for us.

-No, I know. It's nice.

0:50:560:51:01

OK, a few key things. Bed...so that if you get uncomfortable,

0:51:010:51:05

sitting up, turning, rolling over,

0:51:050:51:07

you can do all that from the remote control. And this is cool, too.

0:51:070:51:11

When you go to sleep at night, press this one.

0:51:110:51:14

-MOTOR WHIRS QUIETLY

-Oh, flipping 'ell!

0:51:140:51:17

-He's never going to get up again.

-I'll never come out of this room.

0:51:170:51:19

And when you get up in the morning...

0:51:190:51:22

JACK LAUGHS

0:51:220:51:24

-There's a door at the end.

-It's a cupboard, is it?

0:51:240:51:27

-You're going to have to go and see, aren't you?

-I think so.

-Go on, then.

0:51:270:51:30

-Oh, my God!

-What do you reckon, then?

0:51:350:51:38

It's...brilliant.

0:51:380:51:40

Mirror up there links to your Bluetooth on your phone,

0:51:400:51:44

it'll play all the music on your phone when you come into the bathroom.

0:51:440:51:47

And it puts on a bit of a light show as well.

0:51:470:51:50

-I can have a party in my bathroom.

-LAUGHTER

0:51:500:51:52

Shower. Low-level shower, high-level shower.

0:51:540:51:57

So all you do is press the button here and then it starts.

0:51:570:52:01

Wet room by the way, so the water just runs on the floor.

0:52:010:52:05

Oh, it's...great!

0:52:050:52:08

We wanted to give you somewhere where you

0:52:080:52:10

could have your own independence as you go through your teenage years,

0:52:100:52:14

-this is kind of it.

-Great!

0:52:140:52:16

Wow!

0:52:220:52:23

It's absolutely amazing!

0:52:250:52:28

Incredible!

0:52:280:52:30

Jack deserves everything...he got,

0:52:300:52:31

he's been through hell for the last few years, but so do you as well.

0:52:310:52:35

Thank you.

0:52:350:52:38

They don't even know we've touched the garden.

0:52:430:52:45

Out you come.

0:52:470:52:48

-Oh!

-God!

0:52:480:52:51

I didn't see that.

0:52:510:52:52

-Wow!

-This is Mum's place.

0:52:550:52:57

Cup of tea here, obviously, but I'm sure that's going to suddenly change into a glass of wine.

0:52:570:53:01

Chance for you to sit down here. This is your area down here.

0:53:010:53:04

Oh, wow!

0:53:040:53:06

This, boys, up here is your area.

0:53:090:53:12

That's not just a garden shed.

0:53:140:53:17

Make your way towards that.

0:53:170:53:18

Oh!

0:53:200:53:21

This is nice.

0:53:230:53:25

-LAUGHTER

-Yeah. The drums are set up there. Make all the noise you like,

0:53:250:53:29

because once you close the window and door...soundproof.

0:53:290:53:32

-Oh, wow!

-When the football's on...48" screen.

0:53:320:53:37

If you've got that independence, are we going to be able to get the brothers back together?

0:53:370:53:41

-100%.

-Yeah.

-Not going to get rid of him now.

0:53:410:53:44

LAUGHTER

0:53:440:53:46

Thank you.

0:53:460:53:47

It's like a brand-new build, isn't it?

0:53:570:53:59

Is that all right? Cos obviously, you know, it was your home,

0:53:590:54:02

-it was where you lived and this is kind of...

-Oh, this is better.

0:54:020:54:04

LAUGHTER

0:54:040:54:06

-You like it?

-I love it.

0:54:080:54:11

-Happy to invite your mates round somewhere like this?

-Oh, yeah definitely. 100%.

0:54:110:54:15

You'll find that the floor is flat all the way from the front door,

0:54:150:54:17

so you can get up the ramp, in through the front door, all the way through the house right to the back.

0:54:170:54:22

-Awesome. We haven't been able to do that before, have we?

-No. That's what we were saying,

0:54:220:54:26

when was the last time you came through the front door, lovely?

0:54:260:54:29

We haven't since you've had that wheelchair.

0:54:290:54:31

-Jack...listen to me...

-JACK SOBS

0:54:320:54:36

..you deserve all this for everything you've been through.

0:54:360:54:41

-JACK SOBS

-What did you tell me last night?

0:54:420:54:45

New beginnings, yeah?

0:54:450:54:47

-You all right?

-Yeah.

-Ready for the next bit?

-No.

0:54:490:54:52

LAUGHTER

0:54:520:54:53

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:54:550:54:56

Thank you will never...ever be enough,

0:55:240:55:27

it's so life-changing for us.

0:55:270:55:29

We've had a really tough few years, especially my little hero here.

0:55:290:55:34

I'll never forget any of you, I'll always remember you.

0:55:340:55:39

And I'm very, very proud to be part of this community.

0:55:390:55:42

-And you're all welcome to visit, but not together.

-LAUGHTER

0:55:420:55:46

A few weeks ago, I was sleeping in the middle of the lounge

0:55:480:55:51

and I had no space to move at all.

0:55:510:55:53

And looking at the house now...I'm just speechless.

0:55:530:55:57

So I just want to say thank you, all of you,

0:55:570:56:00

and I wish...I wish whoever you help next has the same.

0:56:000:56:06

-APPLAUSE MAN:

-Well done, Jack.

0:56:060:56:09

Emotional. I don't know how he can do it.

0:56:210:56:24

I've got a little tear. But at the end of the day, like I said before, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

0:56:240:56:30

-I'm Dean. This is Dai.

-Hiya.

0:56:300:56:32

-BOTH:

-We done the ramp for you.

-Sweet.

0:56:320:56:34

Really emotional.

0:56:340:56:37

-And the sense of togetherness to me is absolutely amazing.

-Oh, yeah.

0:56:370:56:41

You know, strangely this family remind me of a three-legged stool,

0:56:460:56:49

they kind of lean on each other, they support each other, they hold each other up in bad times.

0:56:490:56:54

And the house bears that analogy as well, cos a three-legged stool is the minimum you possibly need.

0:56:540:56:58

And you can't live life like that. So these guys decided to change it and they have.

0:56:580:57:03

Now a mum, who's faced an uphill battle of 14 years,

0:57:030:57:06

gets some respite, somewhere to recharge her batteries.

0:57:060:57:10

Eldest son Daniel gets his little brother back,

0:57:100:57:13

and gets to be at home, and they've got space to be together.

0:57:130:57:16

And Jack himself, going through his teenage years, he gets independence,

0:57:160:57:20

dignity and a very cool place to have his mates round.

0:57:200:57:24

Maybe you know somebody who needs your help.

0:57:250:57:28

We're always looking for people to help,

0:57:300:57:33

but we're especially eager to hear from elderly people

0:57:330:57:35

who desperately need a big build.

0:57:350:57:37

You can contact us at...

0:57:370:57:39

-MAN:

-Every single one of 'em.

-CHATTER

0:57:450:57:47

-Oh, no, amazing. Thank you so much.

-I'm so pleased for you.

0:57:470:57:50

-Thank you very much.

-It's been an absolute pleasure.

0:57:500:57:53

I'm Tony. I did a lot of the painting.

0:57:530:57:56

-Is that good?

-Oh, thank you.

-Yeah?

-That's really good.

-All right.

0:57:580:58:02

LAUGHTER

0:58:020:58:04

-You OK, madam?

-I don't know what to say.

0:58:050:58:08

15-year-old Jack Morris was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which has led to a lifetime of painful operations. His mother Helen has always been his rock and his elder brother Daniel his best friend.

But as Jack grows into a man, it has been impossible for Helen to get him upstairs and he is forced to sleep in the living room of their small three-bedroom semi in Swansea. With no other social space in the house, Daniel rarely brings his mates round and they spend less time together as a family.

So Nick and the boys, with designer Gabrielle Blackman, take on the challenge of turning the house into somewhere for Jack to grow into a man with dignity, a place to give Helen sanctuary and to reunite two amazing brothers.