Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer – P C Henderson – has donated its Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware to the hit BBC home renovation series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’. The company’s marketing team recently attended the ‘Big Reveal’ in North Shields, UK to welcome the family into their newly renovated home.
Running for 18 years and attracting up to 15 million viewers per episode, the award winning show – presented by Nick Knowles and his team – takes on renovation projects across the UK to help well deserving families. Relying on the support and generosity of local tradespeople and suppliers – P C Henderson was more than happy to donate its hardware to the programmes most recent project.
Living in a semi-detached 1950s house in North Shields, Rachael and John Matthews have three children – the youngest of which, Evelyn, has a rare genetic condition called CHARGE syndrome. The condition means that Evelyn suffers from many associated medical conditions; she cannot sit unaided, is registered blind, requires 24 hour care and also has chronic kidney failure – requiring Evelyn to be hooked up to a dialysis machine overnight.
The hit show stepped in to help the family rebuild their home and lives through a dramatic 9 day renovation. The renovation included a single story extension at the rear of the property and a garage conversion to provide a new bedroom and separate bathroom for Evelyn. The bedroom is now big enough to accommodate vital medical equipment as well as providing a safe space for an adapted bed, hoist, dialysis machine and a sensory area. The extra space also allows for storage of Evelyn’s medical supplies which were previously kept in a purposefully built shed in the garden, which wasn’t practical.
P C Henderson’s black Rustic 80 sliding door hardware has been used in the properties hallway for access to the living room and utility room. Evelyn is unable to be left alone so the family required a downstairs area which was more spacious and open plan – P C Henderson is hoping the sliding door mechanisms have assisted in achieving this.
Stephanie Lee, Marketing Manager at P C Henderson, commented “It was fantastic to attend the DIY SOS: Big Reveal today and hear firsthand how local tradespeople and suppliers have come together to help transform the family’s home and lives. Evelyn’s mother – Rachael – explained to us that the renovation means Evelyn can now stay at home with her loving family as she has all the medical supplies and equipment around her that she needs – the North East community should be very proud”.
“We’ve donated products to DIY SOS in the past but haven’t been able to attend the Big Reveal due to the families being located far away. As a North East England based company we were delighted to hear that the programme was coming to the region and jumped at the chance to help”.
It is still yet to be announced when the episode will air but will be publicised closer to the time.
Available in a matt black or a stainless steel finish, P C Henderson’s Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware is suitable for internal wooden doors weighing up to 80 kg. The hardware is ideal for period properties, barn conversions or simply for a unique feature in the home.