Retaining wall blocks donated to aid TV charity build

Tobermore’s Thomas Greening with the DIY SOS team

PAVING and walling manufacturer Tobermore recently donated Secura Grand retaining wall blocks for DIY SOS: The Big Build for Children in Need.

The initiative, which aired on BBC One this week, saw a new home for the Getaway Girls built from the ground up in just 13 days.

Getaway Girls is a charity which supports females across Leeds, with a focus on raising aspirations, providing support, and helping them to build a better future.

TV presenter Nick Knowles and his gang transformed a derelict site into a new Getaway Girls HQ which provides a safe space for vulnerable girls and young women. The building features a fully fitted kitchen, a creche, activity spaces, a music and media studio, counselling rooms, and a garden. The charity previously operated from a cramped terraced house.

Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, Scott Mills, Jo Whiley and Rylan Clark donned their steel toe capped boots, high viz and hard hats to help make a difference.

Tobermore said its Secura Grand was the ‘perfect’ retaining wall solution for this project as it is ‘mortar-free, fast to build and aesthetically pleasing’.

Flavia Docherty, director of Getaway Girls, said, “We are thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity and couldn’t be more excited for the future of the charity. The new space will provide the chance for us to support even more girls from across the city and make a positive difference in their lives.”

David Henderson, MD and owner of Tobermore, added, “Tobermore is committed to being a force for good in society. So, when the opportunity arose to get involved in a Children in Need project, we jumped at the chance. We are so proud to have played a part in donating the retaining walling on this scheme. We wish the Getaway Girls the best of luck in their new home.”