DIY SOS family with son with cerebral palsy slammed by trolls for Covid-hit episode

Corby’s Hutchison family were in dire straits when Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team came to help.

Thanks to the popular program, teenager Jordan Hutchison, who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, has been able to live a more fulfilling life at home, reports the shimmer.

However, the family received torrents of abuse so severe that they were forced to withdraw from social media and change their number.

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The DIY SOS team and hundreds of volunteers visited the Hutchison family in Corby, Northamptonshire in 2019, but due to the coronavirus pandemic post-production was put on hold.

Mum Jackie Hutchison spoke to BBC Radio Northampton on Tuesday to admit feeling “anxious” before the show aired overnight, saying: “There was a rumor going around that we sold our house and moved to Dubai.

“I’m just grateful that this is on the air and people can see that we still love every second of our life in our house very much and that we will never sell our house.”

The main reason DIY SOS got involved was to support inspirational teenager Jordan, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, but that didn’t stop him from defying expectations.



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When Jordan, now 19, was born, his parents were told he would never walk or talk, but the determined teenager is doing much more than that now.

Jordan has also raised thousands of pounds to help pay for equipment and facilities for other youngsters like him.



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Jordan raised an astronomical sum for charity.

The Hutchisons had been living in rented accommodation for 12 years because the house they owned was not big enough to house Jordan’s specialized equipment.

They originally started the renovation project on their home on their own, with a loan of £60,000, but ran into trouble and were unable to complete the work.

Jackie explained: “We had no rooms, no facilities downstairs for Jordan.

“It was difficult, life was really hard and there was no real end to it.”

Dad Colin is Jordan’s primary caregiver and has saved his life countless times, when his son suffered from epileptic seizures in his sleep.

Mom Jackie is not physically strong enough to help Jordan and so works in a children’s home, saving every penny to spend to finish their house.

Jordan is a teenager now, with strong opinions, and he just wanted his independence like any other young man his age.



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The family thanked the volunteers who came to help

Their living situation and the financial stress of the unfinished construction took their toll on the entire family, and Jackie even broke down.

With no water or electricity in their home, the couple and their three children were forced to move in with the children’s grandmother until DIY SOS made contact.

On the fourth attempt, their prayers were answered when the BBC show’s producers got in touch to say they had been accepted.

The house needed a lot of work before the family could return, so a host of craftsmen and volunteers from Corby and across the UK came to help.

Plumbers, electricians, plasterers, decorators and gardeners worked on the transformation of the house in October 2019, alongside the DIY SOS team and designer Gabrielle Omar.

Presenter Nick said more than 100 local vendors and volunteers got “really involved with the family”.

Nick continued: “It’s something extraordinary, it’s the best of our society and it’s extremely emotional.

“I really care about family. It’s life changing.”

As they thanked the hundreds of volunteers, mum Jackie admitted their lives had been changed forever and the build had brought the family together.

“Before you came, our life was a mess,” she said, bursting into tears. “And the last 12 months have been horrible.

“To take a look around the house now and see how generous and kind you have all been has been amazing.

You can rewatch the Hutchison Family episode on BBC iPlayer here.

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