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DIY SOS at Great Ormond Street Hospital – Abels Assists

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In a previous post Abels mentioned they had assisted with the DIY SOS build at Great Ormond Street Hospital. See

The program from Great Ormond Street Hospital will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 8pm on Thursday the 10th November 2016 and will be repeated on Sunday the 13th November 2016 at 11pm.

Abels have been thanked by the series producer Hamish Summers and stated “Thank you so very much for your kind assistance on our amazing build. Your generosity and hard work has ensured a brilliant new garden for the families of Great Ormond Street Hospital.”

Here are details about the program planned to be broadcast which is explained by Hamish Summers.

This week the DIY SOS team join forces with two world famous British institutions: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show as Nick Knowles and the team transport Chris Beardshaw’s gold medal winning garden across London and crane it over buildings and rebuild on the hospital’s roof top.

For hundreds of families, Great Ormond Street Hospital has become a second home; for parents that means being by their bedside around the clock and for children, it results in a constant treadmill of appointments and treatments.

When Rosie was just two years old her heart began to fail. Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors diagnosed her with restrictive cardiomyopathy – an extremely rare condition affecting just 1 in a million children, where her heart is too weak to pump blood. Rosie has had an operation to fit a mechanical heart, whilst she awaits a donor and so needs intensive around-the-clock care with her mother consistently by her side.

Maisy has Epidermolysis bullosa, known as ‘butterfly syndrome’, an agonizing skin disorder where her body lacks the protein it needs to hold the layers of skin together, making it blistered and as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. It’s such a rare and serious condition that Great Ormond Street Hospital specialists have been looking after her since birth.

Despite the brilliant world class care, there’s nowhere private outside for the families to escape from the constant noise, bustle and bright lights of this huge hospital, so that’s why the DIY SOS team and Chris Beardshaw have taken on this hugely ambitious build, with tricky logistics and emotional volunteers, in order to offer the many brave families, a bespoke and lush calming roof top garden as a space of welcome respite.