DIY SOS The Big Build – Sheppey

15th September 2016

I am super exited to announce that I will be volunteering to help DIY SOS – The Big Build at their latest project in Sheppey.

It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time and often commented to by husband, while we were watching the programme, that it would be lovely to have family photos around the new house. So, when I heard they were coming to Kent I got in touch to offer my services!

I will be photographing the amazing Radcliffe family (details below) on Saturday and the images will then be used as part of the decor in their new home. I am so excited to meet this amazing family and only hope I can do them proud and capture some wonderful memories.

DIY SOS

The team are still looking for some volunteers in the trades, so if you know anyone, please do get in touch. The email to contact is diysossheppey@bbc.co.uk

I will write a blog about the session in a few weeks, and don’t forget to tune in to the programme once it airs!

The Radcliffe Family:

Kyle Ratcliffe and his husband of 10 years Garry have four adopted children, each with very complex and life-limiting medical conditions.

The couple, who originally fostered the children, went on to adopt them and open up their home to help them flourish in a safe environment.

Garry works as a head teacher at a primary school in Dartford and Kyle, a former social worker, is now a full-time carer for all four children.

Their eldest son Haydn, 12, has cerebral palsy, is blind in one eye, is tube fed and uses a powered wheelchair full-time.

His younger brother Curtis also has severe cerebral palsy, as well as scoliosis, hip dysplasia, epilepsy and sleep apnoea.

The five-year-old is also blind, tube fed and uses a wheelchair full-time. Their nine-year-old sister Isobella has high-level Down’s syndrome, causing behavioural, learning and communication difficulties.

The youngest sibling, Phoebe, is four and physically perfectly healthy, but she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and night terrors, having been neglected and taken into care as a baby.

The Ratcliffes live in a three-bedroom bungalow, with one bathroom, in Elmley Road, Minster.

When Kyle and Garry adopted Haydn and Curtis in 2013, this was manageable but they were then asked to temporarily foster Isobella and Phoebe.

When they learnt the sisters were to be separated, with Phoebe likely to be adopted and Isobella left in care, they decided to adopt both girls to keep them together.