A mother described how her family’s DIY SOS refurbishment turned into a nightmare as angry trolls attacked them.
Jackie Hutchinson, who appeared on the show in October 2019 with her husband Colin and their three children, described the experience as the ‘greatest thing they ever done.’
The Hutchinsons of Corby, Northamptonshire, collaborated with TV personality Nick Knowles and his colleagues to alter their house over nine days to accommodate their teenage son Jordan, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
They started filming the episode before the coronavirus outbreak, therefore the remainder was finished last year and the show won’t run until May 2022.
Jackie said the family was accused of being on assistance and selling their home to go to Dubai, both of which she rejects.
She told MailOnline: ‘A few people who had been working on our home and wanted their five minutes of fame started targeting our family on social media, suggesting we were a bit of a con!
‘It was messages, negative comments from people, asking why their donated work hadn’t yet been featured.’
Reflecting on her struggle following the transformation, Jackie stated that trolls accused her family of being “benefit frauds,” but she also stated that the show was the “most amazing and positive experience that has changed all of our lives.”
The family was urged to suspend their social media accounts after passing their hate letters to the BBC, which they did.
This follows a family’s accusation that the show ‘wrecked’ their house.
Peter Chapman and his Cheltenham-based family taped the popular noon programme in February 2020, but have since discovered the house to be insufficient.
According to reports, he also begged the promoters not to run the performance in June 2022, and has since experienced disgrace in his community.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘DIY SOS is a heart-warming programme that brings communities together and helps improve the lives of those in need thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to participate.
DIY SOS is streaming on BBC iPlayer.
Source My Celebrity Life.