DIY SOS work begins in Mildenhall to renovate home of Simon Dobbin injured in attack
PUBLISHED: 07:21 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:21 14 November 2017
DIY SOS: The Big Build will get underway in Mildenhall today to help improve the home of Simon Dobbin, who was left with permanent brain damage after an unprovoked attack in March 2015.
Simon Dobbin was watching his team Cambridge United play away at Southend FC in March 2015 when he was set upon by around 25 men.
His injuries left him fighting for his life in intensive care after a stroke and bleed on the brain, and with permanent brain damage needed renovations to his home.
Today, those volunteers will come together to start work.
Nicole Dobbin, Simon’s wife and now full-time carer, previously told the EADT: “I’m totally and utterly overwhelmed by all the offers of help.
“I’m very excited that Simon will now have the space he deserves.
“Since the court case it has been very difficult, but with the help of DIY SOS and the response from the community it has been a massive pick me up for myself, Simon and our daughter, Emily.
“We now have something to look forward to and are excited about Christmas in a new home.
“The changes that will be made to the house will improve not only Simon’s life, but ours as a family.”
The group of 13 men convicted for the attack were described as acting like a “pack of animals” and have been jailed for more than 42 years in total.
The work kicks off this morning and will continue until November 23, and includes a downstairs extension and bespoke care provision Mr Dobbin needs.
A date for the programme’s airing has not been revealed yet.