In September, Pickfords in Edinburgh lent its support to Children in Need as part of a special BBC1 programme: “DIY SOS: The Big Build”. The challenge for Nick Knowles and his team at DIY SOS was to renovate a centre for children in the community which provides an indoor and outdoor playground for children with additional support needs in Edinburgh.
The Yard helps children and young people aged 3 to 25, and is an indoor and outdoor space that welcomes the whole family. This year the centre celebrates 25 years of helping families deal with the demands of daily life, giving the young people a space to develop their confidence and encouraging them to make lasting friendships.
The Yard receives a grant towards its costs from BBC Children in Need, but after 25 years the building and its outdoor space were in desperate need of a total overhaul. The DIY SOS team took on the bulk of the refurbishment works, while a team from Pickfords Edinburgh were on hand to help move furniture and other heavy items, as well as dispose of waste generated by the project.
The build took ten days from the end of September to the beginning of October, with more than 300 people helping to transform both the main building and outdoor play area.
DIY SOS: The Big Build Children in Need Special will be shown on Wednesday 14th November at 8pm on BBC1.