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Morgan Stanley garden from RHS Chelsea to appear on DIY SOS

On next week’s BBC DIY SOS Big Build on 10 November 8pm, the DIY SOS team join forces with two world famous British institutions: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show as Nick Knowles and the team transport Chris Beardshaw’s gold medal winning Morgan Stanley garden across London and crane it over buildings and rebuild on the hospital’s roof top.

For hundreds of families, Great Ormond Street Hospital has become a second home; for parents that means being by their bedside around the clock and for children, it results in a constant treadmill of appointments and treatments.

Despite the brilliant world class care, there’s nowhere private outside space for the families to escape from the constant noise, bustle and bright lights of this huge hospital, so that’s why the DIY SOS team and Chris Beardshaw have taken on this hugely ambitious build, with tricky logistics and emotional volunteers, in order to offer the many brave families, a bespoke and lush calming roof top garden as a space of welcome respite.

When Rosie was just two years old her heart began to fail. Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors diagnosed her with restrictive cardiomyopathy – an extremely rare condition affecting just 1 in a million children, where her heart is too weak to pump blood. Rosie has had an operation to fit a mechanical heart, whilst she awaits a donor and so needs intensive around-the-clock care with her mother consistently by her side.

Maisy has Epidermolysis bullosa, known as ‘butterfly syndrome’, an agonizing skin disorder where her body lacks the protein it needs to hold the layers of skin together, making it blistered and as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. It’s such a rare and serious condition that Great Ormond Street Hospital specialists have been looking after her since birth.

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