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TV makeover show answers June's SOS appeal
A DISABLED woman has had first sight of her newly adapted home following its TV makeover.
Dozens of tradesmen responded to an appeal from the BBC programme DIY SOS to come to the aid of June Finlay.
Mrs Finlay, 65, suffers from Clippers disease, meaning she lost the use of her legs and hands and speech became difficult.
The mother-of-one, a former Post Office worker, was diagnosed with the condition, which causes inflammation on the brain, after being admitted to Sunderland Royal Hospital with suspected pneumonia in 2009.
Medics said Mrs Finlay would never recover.
But with the help of her husband of more than 30 years John, a 69-year-old retired electrician, she is now able to stand again and has some speech.
The couple’s daughter Heather, 28, repeatedly appealed to DIY SOS: The Big Build to work on their home, at Leeholme, Houghton-le-Spring, Wearside, to make it user-friendly.
Mrs Finlay has been sleeping in a hospital bed downstairs in the kitchen and the home’s limitations are believed to be hindering her recovery.
DIY SOS responded positively and, following an appeal for help, tradesmen started work last week.
Mr and Mrs Finlay, having stayed away for several days, returned today (Thursday, October 24) for their first sight of the renovated home.
They met DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles and were presented with a cake.
Mr Knowles said: “They are lovely.
“Like so many people who have lived their lives paying into the system, they now find themselves needing help.
“I’m not quite sure how a woman finds herself living in a kitchen nowadays and this is a couple who have always helped all their friends and neighbours.
“All the people in the North-East have come forward to help give them a better standard of living.
“It’s been chaotic and brilliant. As usual, people are fantastic and make us feel welcome.”
The programme will be broadcast on BBC One next year.
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