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DIY SOS Announces Plans For A New Getaway Girls Building For kids

The DIY SOS team is headed to Leeds for a very special charity build – and they’re looking for local merchants and companies that can help make it happen.

Nick Knowles BBC Children in Need

Presenter Nick Knowles will join local volunteers to build a new home for Leeds charity Getaway Girls this September as part of a partnership with BBC Children in Need. It will take place on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September at Temple Newsom Park. The two-day live music event will coincide with Radio 2 Live in Leeds.

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Nick said

The project was announced on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning and is the first time that the program and the radio station have worked together. Radio 2 presenters will also join the DIY SOS team to help with the build. Nick Said: “We have another major creation ahead of us in Leeds that will make a real difference in the lives of girls and young women, supported by Getaway Girls.

Facing a range of issues including domestic violence and sexual abuse

“If you have a business, a skill, can spare some time for corruption or help us with material then get in touch. It will be a blast. Getaway Girls provides support to women and girls in the city who are facing a range of issues, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as support to newly arrived refugees.

The charity has been running for 35 years and began receiving support from BBC Children in Need in 2010.

Its new building is intended to serve as a safe space for those who support the charity, including facilities such as a crche, counseling rooms, activity space and a garden.

Located in Seacroft, it will be built from the ground up in just nine days.

Charity Director Flavia Docherty said: “We are thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity and could not be more excited for the future of the charity. The new location will give us the opportunity to support even more girls across the city, Bring positive change in life.

BBC Children in Need supported us for 12 years

“We are very grateful to the entire DIY SOS team, Radio 2 and their presenters and of course, BBC Children in Need supporting us for 12 years – without their funding we would not have been able to continue our work for so long And that’s the impact we’ve made for girls and young women in Leeds over the years.

Appeal for volunteers from traders

“We can’t wait to see the new location and we are really looking forward to being able to move forward and welcome more girls from Leeds.” DIY SOS as they prepare to build The team is appealing for volunteers from traders such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators.

They are also asking for company donations from local businesses that want to support the project.

A business day will be held in the city on Tuesday 16 August. Those who volunteer or are interested in donating can first email [email protected] to arrange a meeting with the team.

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