DIY SOS Children in Need: West Yorkshire Firefighters team up with the BBC's DIY SOS Children in Need project in Leeds on the new BBC One programme.

DIY SOS Children in Need: West Yorkshire Firefighters team up with the BBC’s DIY SOS Children in Need project in Leeds on the new BBC One programme.

Firefighters from West Yorkshire will team up with the BBC DIY SOS for a Children in Need with a ‘huge building’ in Leeds.

The show will see the fire brigade work with Nick Knowles and his cronies DIY SOS Team in a project to turn an abandoned site into a £1 million home for Getaway Girls, a charity that supports and empowers girls and women, as part of Challenge children in need.

With the help of a large team of volunteers, they completed the construction in just 10 days and among the volunteers were firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS). Not only did they help build the site but they were also there for fire protection and certification.

“A big thank you to the firefighters for their hard work,” said Flavia Docherte, CEO of Getaway Girls. “They and the other volunteers did an amazing job setting up our new home.

The team at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on DIY SOS. (pic credit: WYFRS)

“We are happy with the building and it means a lot that we have a dedicated space, which will allow us to continue to focus on supporting girls and young women. Every room we saw felt so special and I can’t wait to get the girls in and use them – it feels like they were made perfectly to suit us.”

Getaway Girls is a Children in Need funded charity that has been supporting young women across Leeds for 35 years. The show will see singer-songwriter Emily Sande coach the Getaway Girls through their nerves as they prepare a song to perform in front of volunteers as a thank you on the day of their reveal.

Seacroft’s new building provides a lively safe haven with facilities including a music and media studio, counseling and activity room, nursery, offices and garden.

The programme’s executive producer, Joe Bishop, said: “Leeds have really come together to support this year’s DIY SOS Big Build for BBC Children in Need. We have been blown away by the hundreds of volunteers who have helped us.

“A big thank you to the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, your arrival literally helped get the building going in the first few days. Your teamwork and positive attitude helped us complete one of our most ambitious projects to date in less than two weeks. The result is a brand new home for the Society Getaway Girls charity, which supports young women in Leeds.”

Group Manager Toby May said: “Crews from Leeds have supported the build and have loved it – I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from those involved. Our firefighters have not only helped with the build but have also been there from a fire protection and certification perspective and have done an excellent job .

“As we had been involved with the project from the start, we were invited to take part in the ‘big reveal’, which was emotional for everyone involved. The new building will be a fantastic base for this charity, which has helped support and inspire so many girls and young women – they deserve to have a special place.” And now they have it.”

When will WYFRS appear on DIY SOS Children in Need and how do I watch it?

This is the second show on the BBC that WYFRS has been on in the past two weeks, and earlier this month, crews from the Fairweather Green Fire Station appeared on the small screen for the daytime show of The Critical Incident.

The DIY SOS Children in Need special will air on 16th November 2022 at 9pm on BBC One and you can catch the episode on BBC iPlayer.

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