Rallying the troops on DIY SOS

A BBC One flagship show that Murphy took part in aired last night.

The team from 'DIY SOS: The Big Build' worked to transform a street in Manchester dubbed ‘Veteran Street’ two years ago, with the help of Prince William and Prince Harry, turning it into a vibrant community for veterans and local people.

Murphy took part in that back in the autumn of 2015 and last night's show is a continuation of that fantastic work, which happened last November.

With the project almost complete, Nick Knowles and the team returned to build the last remaining home for amputee and single dad, 36-year-old Simon Flores, whose foot was blown off by a roadside bomb during a patrol in Iraq in 2006.

Simon was struggling in a house and location unsuitable for his three small children and he had wanted to make a fresh start. It’s hoped that creating a home for his family will help Simon realise his potential as a fitness trainer helping other disabled people, as well as to re-build his own life.

Three Murphy employees joined hundreds of volunteers in this latest programme, while a Murphy tipper wagon was supplied to aid the smooth-running of the project.

Telehandler operator Andre Maia worked on the project alongside Darren Greenwood, a Murphy vehicle and plant banksman, who was brought in to control plant and vehicle movements on the congested site. They were also joined by HGV driver, Wayne Roberts, who managed the collection and delivery of materials for the build.

Andre said: “Working on this project was a great personal achievement and the benefits will continue to be felt long after the show airs, helping this family and the wider community. We were thrilled to be involved.”

John Murphy, Murphy COO, said: “This programme provides a great opportunity to see how the right skills can make even the most ambitious programme of works come together successfully, something we achieve so well at Murphy every day.”

Nick Knowles, BBC DIY SOS presenter, said: “We couldn’t have done this without the amazing support of all these trades. The enormous amount of help – in time, materials, labour and much more- is a tribute to our nation’s building industry.”

And Murphy has just helped out on another Big Build scheme in London last month – this time lorry driver Jason Little and project manager Mick Monaghan answered the call for help with transport. We can’t yet share details for that programme but watch this space and we’ll bring you more news when we have it in the New Year.

Here’s a link to the show.

Simon and his family celebrate with all the volunteers, including Murphy's Andre Maia, Darren Greenwood and Wayne Roberts

Simon and his family celebrate with all the volunteers, including Murphy's Andre Maia, Darren Greenwood and Wayne Roberts

Murphy driver Jason Little with Julian Perryman (right) and Chris Frediani (left) from the show's team

Murphy driver Jason Little with Julian Perryman (right) and Chris Frediani (left) from the show's team

From left to right: Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Jason Little, Chris Frediani, Mark Millar, Mick Monaghan and Nick Knowles

From left to right: Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Jason Little, Chris Frediani, Mark Millar, Mick Monaghan and Nick Knowles

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