In a heartwarming partnership set to make a lasting impact, DIY SOS is teaming up once again with Radio 2 to deliver this year’s BBC Children in Need Big Build. This time, the ambitious project will witness the creation of a bespoke children’s counselling and therapy centre for Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire, marking the 10th monumental build for BBC Children in Need.

The upcoming build holds great significance as it aims to benefit traumatically bereaved children and families across Derbyshire. With this purpose-built facility, Treetops Hospice will be empowered to provide essential support and counselling to these young souls, with the building entirely tailored to their unique needs and challenges.

The initiative owes its realisation to Radio 2, which is diligently contributing to this noble cause as part of Radio 2 in the Park – the station’s much-awaited flagship live music event. The much-anticipated concerts will grace the picturesque Victoria Park in Leicester on 16 and 17 September, featuring extraordinary performances by renowned artists, including the likes of Tears for Fears and Kylie Minogue.

Leading the charge on this benevolent endeavour will be the familiar faces of DIY SOS, with the dependable Nick Knowles at the helm, accompanied by his skilled team members Chris, Billy, and designer Gabrielle Blackman. Notably, BBC Radio 2 presenters will also be stepping into the fray, donning their steel toe-capped boots, high visibility jackets, and hard hats to make a tangible difference. Furthermore, an army of dedicated volunteers will rally alongside them, united in a mission to construct the charity’s new sanctuary from the ground up within an impressive 10-day timeframe.

The driving force behind this labour of love is the creation of a purpose-built counselling and therapy centre at Treetops Hospice. The team’s tireless efforts will result in welcoming spaces that immediately put children at ease from the moment they cross the threshold. The bespoke rooms dedicated to counselling and complementary therapy will play a pivotal role in offering crucial support to children and their families who are navigating the aftermath of traumatic bereavement.

With a remarkable history spanning over 40 years, Treetops Hospice has been a beacon of hope, extending support to adults with life-limiting conditions. Thanks to the unwavering support of BBC Children in Need since 2010, Treetops has provided counselling to countless bereaved children and families, a lifeline during their most challenging times. The funding continues to make a tangible difference in the lives of children undergoing traumatic bereavement, helping them navigate their grief, while also bolstering their mental health and overall well-being. Today, Treetops stands proudly as a recognised centre of excellence for children’s counselling.

As September draws near, the excitement is palpable, and the collective efforts of DIY SOS, Radio 2, and the compassionate volunteers promise to leave an indelible mark on the lives of these bereaved children and families. Together, they are sowing the seeds of hope, resilience, and healing, cultivating a brighter future for those who need it most in the heart of the East Midlands.

Nick Knowles, Presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS says: “We have another huge build ahead of us in Derbyshire, which will provide a crucial space for children and their families who are going through some of the toughest times. If you have a trade, a skill, can spare some time to graft or can help us with materials then get in touch. It’ll be a blast.”

Tommy Nagra, Director of Content at BBC Children in Need added: “We are so looking forward to seeing this amazing DIY SOS build come together for Treetops Hospice and the support from our friends at Radio 2, who together will create a lasting legacy in the East Midlands.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “Following last year’s fantastic DIY SOS to help the Getaway Girls Centre in Leeds, I’m thrilled that this year, we are a part of this Children in Need special to support Treetops Hospice. I have an army of eager presenters who are looking forward to getting involved.”

Jules Kirk, Therapeutic Services Manager at Treetops Hospice said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have the DIY SOS and Radio 2 team come to Derbyshire to create a brand-new counselling and therapy centre within our grounds in Risley.

“Just like adults, children who have lost someone important can find themselves struggling with a powerful range of emotions which can affect their daily lives and relationships at home and school.

“Every year, we provide over 900 counselling sessions for local children, some as young as 7 years old, who are struggling after the death of a loved one.

“Many of our young clients have experienced unexpected or traumatic bereavements including accidents, suicide and murder. Many children are also still feeling the effects of the pandemic, having a detrimental effect on their mental health and ability to cope after the death of a loved one.

“This will make an immeasurable difference to hundreds of children and their families in our local community. If there are any local tradespeople or businesses who can lend their time or donate materials to help build the new centre for us, please contact the DIY SOS team.”

Across Derbyshire, BBC Children in Need currently funds 29 projects to the value of £1.5million supporting children and young people.

DIY SOS charitable builds are hugely ambitious and rely on the generosity of trade volunteers and company donations and so is appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September.

DIY SOS are holding a Trades Day at Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire on Tuesday 15 August.

Those interested in volunteering as a professional trade or donating product to this charitable build must email: diysosrisley@bbc.co.uk before Trades Day to arrange an appointment to meet with the team.

The build will commence from Monday 11 September – Thursday 21 September 2023.

The episode will be broadcast during the BBC Children in Need Appeal week in November.