DIY SOS's Nick Knowles wants you to help him renovate this Blackburn church hall for special Children in Need episode

Nick Knowles and the team from DIY SOS.
Nick Knowles and the team from DIY SOS.
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Nick Knowles, presenter of the hit BBC show DIY SOS, needs volunteers to help repair a church hall in Blackburn for Children in Need.

The 56 year old shared a video appeal on social media requesting builders and tradespeople to help the team transform St Silas church hall, on Preston New Road in Blackburn, into emergency accommodation for the charity Nightsafe.

Filming for the show began yesterday morning, with local legends like Rover's veteran Colin Hendry turning out to help the charity, which helps young homeless people get back on their feet.

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"We've been stripping it out," said Hendry, "so now the more clever people can get in and start to plan a little".

But now the team need more carpenters, joiners and general builders to help out on the build in the next couple of days, and Knowles has asked the public to "please get involved".

“As ever it’s an ambitious build," Knowles told Nightsafe, "but with lots of help from the people of Blackburn with Darwen and beyond, together, with a few laughs along the way, we’ll be able to achieve something truly special. Please get involved.”

"We are looking for tradespeople and suppliers who are willing to be part of the show," said organisers, "by donating time and skills, or supplies and materials".

The show, ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

Anyone interested in lending a hand can email organisers at