Downton Helps Out On DIY-SOS

Transport specialist CM Downton provided some local support when it delivered a new shed to a house in Gloucestershire that was being transformed for the popular BBC TV show DIY-SOS: The Big Build in June. The latest project for this long-running show, hosted by Nick Knowles, was to convert the house in Avening for the family of Ben Wernham who was paralysed after a freak accident on holiday last year. The design included a new shed for the garden that will provide Ben and his family with some additional space. Downton collected the shed from manufacturer Forest Garden in Hartlebury, Worcestershire and delivered it down the M5 to the house in the village Avening on the first day of recording on Monday 19 June.

Father of two Ben was paralysed after a swimming pool accident on holiday in April 2016 that left him tetraplegic and unable to return home until major modifications were completed. Half the work was completed thanks to the fundraising power of the Best4Ben campaign which has raised more than £100,000. The team from DIY-SOS, including Nick Knowles, designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and many other well-known faces from the show, was brought in to complete the work over a four day period. The team completed the transformation in time for the big reveal on Thursday 22 June. The resulting programme is expected to be broadcast later this year.

Andy Downton, Managing Director at CM Downton, said: “DIY-SOS has a history of transforming homes for people like Ben and we were very pleased to help out with this local project so that he can move back to be with his family. In transport terms it was a very simple job but we needed to co-ordinate with the producers of the show and other parties to make sure the shed was delivered at the right time to fit in with the tight schedule for the recording.”