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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Date set for screening of Cumbrian family's DIY SOS makeover

A date has finally been set for the long awaited television screening of the BBC’s DIY SOS in north Cumbria.

Shelly Wall photo
Shelly Wall and Noah, front, with Nick Knowles

The television programme spent 10 days transforming the Abbeytown home of the Wall family.

However, despite carrying out the transformation last July, the programme will be aired for the first time on Thursday, August 28 at 8pm.

Shelly Wall told the News & Star: “We are so excited – and nervous about seeing our house on TV, and hearing ourselves speak.”

The Wall family were chosen to be the subject of the BBC programme, which transforms the homes of families who have been through difficult times through no fault of their own.

The project relies entirely on the generosity of the community in which the family lives.

Every man-hour, tool, piece of machinery and building material is donated by local individuals and businesses for free.

Two-year-old Noah was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. His parents, Shelly and Robert, had been warned their son would not even survive birth, but little Noah has gone on to astound doctors every day.

Despite the hardships, Shelly has devoted her time to raising awareness of the need for women to take folic acid at least three months before falling pregnant.

She has also been fundraising to ensure that Noah will never be left without equipment or adaptations which could help him lead a better life.

The entire family touched all who came across them and, at the time, DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles described them as “an amazing little family”.

Until the programme is shown, the Walls have been unable to show any photos or videos of Noah in the house or garden, and have been forbidden from revealing any details about the transformation.

“This will be fantastic,” Shelly enthused. “I can now show videos of Noah doing amazing things, which I haven’t been able to show.

“We also have no idea who was involved – not all the trades could come to the reveal for us, and so until we watch it we don’t know who to thank or keep updated with Noah’s news.”

Plans are in the early stages, but Shelly is already planning a large party at their home for family and friends to watch the show together.

She added: “If there are any tradespeople who want to watch it with us, then the door is open.”

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