When I heard on the local news that the BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ team was filming near me, and helping a family whose story I’d followed for the last couple of years, I was keen to do everything I could to help.

The DIY SOS team was building a more suitable home environment for the family of local man, Simon Dobbin. He was left fighting for his life and permanently brain damaged following an unprovoked attacked at an away game for his local football team.

As a Suffolk person, and a football fan, I’d followed Simon’s story from when he was attacked, right through to the court case, so when I heard DIY SOS was going to be doing his house, I wanted to get involved. But since my own DIY skills are VERY limited, we decided to supply the builders’ canteen with Co-op products. Together with the local Co-op franchise team, and the Co-op store in Mildenhall, we supplied all the milk, bottled water, crisps and biscuits, and helped to run the refreshment area to keep the builders going through their tough challenge.

I’m so proud to work for a business that supports the local community, and to have brought the franchise and local Co-op store teams together to make this happen. And it was brilliant to watch the build as it develops throughout the programme – it will make such a huge difference to Simon and his family. Look out for the Co-op products when you tune in tonight!

DIY SOS: The Big Build Mildenhall will air at 8pm, Thursday 17 January on BBC One. If you miss it, you’ll be able to get it on catch up!

Adie Flude
Franchise Operations Support Manager

Picture (LtoR): Store Manager Jagger is joined by Area Manager Sam Winter and Franchise Operations Support Manager Adie Flude as they unload the goodies for the DIY SOS team.

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  1. Such a moving story, I was very proud watching the show. Thank you

  2. Well done Adie, great job by everyone involved.

  3. Well done Adie! A fabulous story

  4. Well done Adie and Sam great community support!

  5. this is exactly why I am proud to be Co-op!

  6. Well done Adie – it looked like a fabulous build and I’m sure everyone appreciated your refreshments!! Keep up the great work!! :o)

  7. Totally Brilliant-Well done

  8. Awh this is lovely!

  9. Wow what a lovely thing to do Adie – must have taken a lot of work to put this together, well done to all the teams and people involved, great to see Sam there too with her delivery van 🙂 A true example of what the Coop is about, pulling together and supporting communities. I saw the show and was very moved, im so proud we were a little part of it. Thanks guys, those builders looked well looked after too “”

  10. Great job Adie and well done for pulling this all together.

  11. Well done!! Great display of #beingonecoop with Food Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics and Franchise working together!! I have put the episode on record

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