Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

TONIC for any­one who finds them­selves oc­ca­sion­ally aghast at the state of hu­man­ity, this show is a timely re­minder that there are some de­cent peo­ple in the world.

Hordes of trades­men reg­u­larly vol­un­teer their time to help to turn lives around for those in need.

And this lat­est project was the most am­bi­tious of all – trans­form­ing a run-down, ne­glected street in Manch­ester into new homes and a com­mu­nity for in­jured war veter­ans.

It started two years ago, with the help of Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry, and now the team re­turns to build the fi­nal home on the street for a dec­o­rated for­mer soldier.

Si­mon Flores, 36, a sin­gle dad of three young chil­dren, had his foot blown off by a road side bomb dur­ing a pa­trol in Iraq. Now he lives in a cramped two-bed­roomed house, shar­ing a room with his youngest son, and with a bath­room and kitchen that aren’t adapted for his needs.

“It’s hard for some­body to ad­mit they need help, but I do,” says Si­mon, who is des­per­ate for a fresh start.

Ex­pect tears and lots of hug­ging (mainly from Nick Knowles) as this ad­mirable project is com­pleted.

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