DIY SOS builder pleased by support for Hull veterans’ home scheme

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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DIY SOS builder Paul Matson admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the number of people willing to help renovate derelict homes for war veterans in Hull.

Mr Matson helped Nick Knowles and the rest of his crew from the popular BBC1 television show transform a street of unused properties in Manchester to house veterans earlier this year and now he wants to replicate the initiative in Hull.

The 53-year-old Bilton resident, who was in the Army for four years, only set up the Hull 4 Heroes Facebook page on Saturday in order to gauge public interest in the project – but has been overwhelmed by the interest.

The page has more than 12,000 members as of Thursday morning and Mr Matson admits the deluge of support has exceeded his expectations.

He told HEYToday: “I always knew it could be done in the Hull area but I thought I would be getting a few reactions and it would be a really long process, but it’s gone beyond wherever I dreamed it would go.

“In any event the people of Hull are lovely people, we will stop and say ‘hello’, we help cars if they’ve broken down. It’s phenomenal – the people of Hull are wonderful.”

Mr Matson is now busying himself with the planning needed to ensure the project can receive the go-ahead to commence and, although a location has not yet been chosen, he hopes to start work as soon as possible and thinks it could be featured on DIY SOS.

“I want to start it in the early part of next year. I would like to think that it would’ve started by April.

“It’s already been intimated that it should be done like that (on DIY SOS) but I’m not sure.

“I’m going to contact the DIY SOS crew and tell them what we are doing here and maybe they might ponder doing it as part of their work.”

:: If you want to register you interest in helping Mr Matson in building homes for ex-servicemen and women in Hull then join the HULL 4 Heroes Facebook page.

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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