BBC’s DIY SOS want tradesmen to help rebuild children’s play centre

The popular BBC TV series 'DIY SOS' fronted by Nick Knowles is set to rebuild the Spinney Centre, pictured. Photo: David Lowndes
The popular BBC TV series 'DIY SOS' fronted by Nick Knowles is set to rebuild the Spinney Centre, pictured. Photo: David Lowndes
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BBC TV programme DIY SOS is coming to Peterborough to dramatically reopen a children’s play centre are appealing to local tradesmen to help out on the project.

The PT previously reported that ‘DIY SOS’ is to reopen the Spinney Centre in Hartwell Way, Ravensthorpe, which was one of eight children’s centres axed by Peterborough City Council earlier this yearas part of the local authority’s bid to cut £17 million from its budget.

Spinney Centre in Hartwell Way, Ravensthorpe

Spinney Centre in Hartwell Way, Ravensthorpe

Work is set to start on the project on Tuesday, 17 September for nine days, which will see the centre rebuilt so that Peterborough group Little Miracles, which runs sessions for disabled children, can move there.

The popular BBC programme sees presenter Nick Knowles and a team of workmen round up friends, family and local tradesmen to help transform homes and buildings across the country.

Bosses of the show are currently appealing for anyone interested in helping on the project to come forward and they have issued posters and put out messages on the social networking website twitter.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are looking for kind-hearted tradesmen who are willing to be part of the show and donate their time and skills for Children In Need.

“In return we offer three square meals, lots of fun and the chance to make a real difference to the lives of many children and their families.”

Michelle King, chairperson of Little Miracles Peterborough, said that the centre will feature in the programmes’s Children In Need special edition, later this year.

Ms King: “We can’t say too much at the moment because the whole point of DIY SOS is that everything is a surprise but so far things are going to plan.

“We aim to run lots of sessions for the community and also get a youth club and a football club going. It’s a community facility, we want as many people in the local area to benefit from it as possible.”

Anyone interested in helping out on the project can contact DIY SOS on 0117 974 7988, email or via Twitter - @DIYSOS.

Factfile: Council axed eight centres as part of budget cuts

Peterborough City Council announced in February that it was to close eight play centres.

These were Crofts Corner in Bretton, the Tunnel in Orton Malborne, Charteris in Welland, Chestnuts in Eastfield, the Spinney in Ravensthorpe, the Iqbal Centre in Central Ward, Thistle Drive in Stanground and the Peterborough Adventure Play Centre in Paston.

As well as the Spinney, Thistle Drive is also set to re-open.