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Our Military Preparation learners answer the call of DIY SOS: The Big Build

September 29, 2015

Military Preparation students from our Burnley and Radcliffe sites have recently helped the BBC DIY SOS makeover team transform two Manchester streets into a community for Army veterans.

The programme, led by presenter Nick Knowles, recruited friends, local tradesmen and volunteers to help make over the homes in their biggest project to date.

62 empty houses on two streets in Newton Heath were brought back into use to create a community for ex-servicemen and women and their families.

Three large homes were created, as well as one standard size property. The other properties were given full facelifts and adapted to provide disabled access.

The military hopefuls pitched in enthusiastically, erecting scaffolds, clearing alleyways, putting furniture in to the newly refurbished homes, painting gable ends and generally helping out the team.

Training 2000 MPP Manager Andrew Emmett said;

“I’m so proud of how quickly our learners volunteered to help out when they heard of this opportunity.

“The learners are all hoping to join the armed forces when they finish their programme, and are instructed by former service men and women, some of whom had to leave the forces due to injury, so this is a cause very close to all of our hearts.

“It is such a fantastic project and one which will make a real difference to the lives of these heroes”

A walk-in support centre was also built to cater for the veterans psychological needs, which will be staffed by the charity Walking With The Wounded who will provide therapy and counselling.

The big reveal took place on Monday 28th and the programme will be screened on BBC One in a special two-part edition on October 14th and 21st, so make sure you keep an eye out!

Take a look at our Military Preparation Programme.

Picture L-R: Andrew Brett (20), Ryan Berry (18), Kyle Barnes (18) and Daniel Noble (18).

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