The FAKRO team was delighted to be able to support this year’s DIY SOS: The Big Build as part of the 2022 Children in Need campaign.
We donated four Type G flat roof windows which have been used by the BBC One series to provide life-changing new headquarters for Leeds-based charity, Getaway Girls.
While the BBC One show won’t be aired until November 1, we were lucky enough to be invited to the big reveal this week and can’t wait to see the full programme in a few weeks. The project really will be transformative for the charity and the hundreds of young women it supports.
Noel Shanahan, FAKRO Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we were able to supply the roof windows that were needed for this project. As soon as we heard the announcement on BBC Radio 2, we just knew that we had to help. As a business, we believe in giving back to the community and supplying roof windows to the Getaway Girls project in Leeds was a truly worthwhile cause to support.
“The show really doesn’t work without the support of companies and the army of volunteers who turn up to help. We know this build will make a real difference to the lives of women helped by the charity, and we are pleased to have been able to play just a small part in this project,” Noel added.
The 2022 DIY SOS: The Big Build has been described as one of the team’s biggest challenges yet, involving the creation of a brand-new home for the Getaway Girls.
It saw Nick Knowles and his trusted team joined by BBC Radio 2 presenters and an army of volunteers, all tasked with creating the charity’s new headquarters from the ground up, in just nine days.
Getaway Girls supports around 800 girls and young women from across Leeds, with a focus on raising aspirations, providing support and creating opportunities to help them build a better future. This includes girls and young women who have experienced abuse, violence and exploitation.
The new building will provide a much-needed safe space for vulnerable young women and girls where they will be able to access support and advice. It includes offices, a creche, activity spaces, a music and media studio, counselling rooms and a garden.
It really does have to be seen to be believed! You can read more about the project on the Children in Need website and it’ll be well worth tuning in to BBC One on November 1 when the show is aired.