Frank answers SOS from fellow veterans

New College Lanarkshire lecturer Frank Farrar with DIY SOS presenter Dominic Littlewood
New College Lanarkshire lecturer Frank Farrar with DIY SOS presenter Dominic Littlewood

A New College Lanarkshire lecturer has helped to transform the lives of army veterans as part of the BBC show DIY SOS’s The Big Build.

Frank Farrar, a work based assessor in engineering and automotive at the college’s Motherwell campus, was one of the hundreds of volunteers who worked over the course of two weeks to complete construction work on over 60 homes.

The work took place on homes across two streets in Manchester’s Newton Heath area to provide accommodation for army veterans to locate with their families.

Frank, who previously served in the armed forces for 12 years as a Royal Engineer, originally volunteered to contribute five days’ work on the project as a labourer and tiler, however due to low numbers of volunteers turning out, he decided to continue with the project until completion.

He said: “Being ex-army, I wanted to help out on this project as it was for a very worthy cause that is very close to my own heart.

“We worked right down to the wire to ensure the project was completed for the deadline, which included me tiling a bathroom at 10.30pm the night before the launch due to a water leak!

“Despite being long hours and extremely hard graft, the experience was brilliant and was a great opportunity to meet with other veterans and tradespeople who were willing to volunteer their own time and services for this fantastic project.

“It was extremely satisfying knowing that our work would assist homeless and injured veterans to get back on their feet after leaving the forces.”

The project was the largest ever to feature on the DIY SOS series, and was visited by Prince William and Prince Harry who helped with some of the finishing touches.

The Big Build will be broadcast tonight (Wednesday) and October 21 at 8pm.