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Overwhelmed Rhod Gilbert breaks down in tears over unbelievably moving youth centre transformation for Children In Need on DIY SOS

Rhod Gilbert got more than he bargained for during the DIY SOS special for Children In Need, breaking down in tears as he revealed an epic camp site transformation.

Emotions ran high during the one-off episode, which saw 60 volunteers work tirelessly to remodel a 3.5 acre site into campsite for a charity youth project.

It was all in aid of the St Michael’s Youth Project in Hull which provides outlets and opportunities for five to 18-year-olds.

The new site gave the children the chance to get out of the city centre and explore green space. The big build saw the facilities upgraded in incredible style, with a shower block and new toilets added, plus a new shelter, an adventure playground and a kitchen.

It was all done with the help of local volunteers, designers and suppliers – and Rhod was overwhelmed with their generosity.

The comedian, who was taking over temporarily from Nick Knowles as host on the programme, was in tears after seeing children see the new space for the first time.

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The land was overgrown and needed a lot of work (Picture: BBC)
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The site allowed children access to green space (Picture: BBC)

Speaking to members of the team at St Michael’s Youth Project, he asked: ‘Well you wanted to see them smile, what do you think?’

Project lead, Jo Lorez, said: ‘It makes me smile!’

‘It’s all a bit much,’ Rhod added. I’m happy for you, I’m happy for the kids.’

He went on to say: ‘I’m happy for the guys who built it because seeing what it took out of them, and I’ve seen what it’s going to put back into them. You know they’re here for a reason, I can’t wait for them to see.”

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After days of hard work the site was transformed (Picture: BBC)
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The project gave disadvantaged children access to green space (Picture: BBC Children in Need)
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The adventure playground was unveiled at the end of the show (Picture: BBC)

Rhod also recently spoke exclusively to Metro.co.uk about the experience, saying that he’d found the programme ‘incredibly moving’ to be a part of, adding: ‘I don’t even know if we can get across how moving it was in the film. I think it’s a difficult job in an hour to communicate 10 days of intense emotion.’

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Rhod was overwhelmed while filming the episode (Picture: BBC)
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The special episode saw Rhod take over from Nick Knowles (Picture: BBC Children in Need)

Describing the task of putting the site together as an ‘almost impossible challenge’, Rhod said: ‘It was only possible by getting people who were willing to start at dawn… carry on seven days a week relentlessly.’

‘It was absolutely brutal. Just absolute exhaustion,’ the 53-year-old added.

‘I couldn’t believe how hard they worked,’ he said about the herculean efforts of the DIY SOS crew and the teams of workers. ‘I knew it was going to be a challenge. I didn’t realise that it was going to be something almost impossible.’

DIY SOS is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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