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Dispatcher takes on DIY SOS

Dispatcher takes on DIY SOS
From phone calls to paint rollers – an Essex dispatcher has turned his skills to the BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’.

Bret Dawson (centre), a Communications Officer in our Force Control Room, volunteered as a decorator to help an officer in need. 

The owner of the renovated house is Pc Kris Aves, a Metropolitan Police officer who was seriously injured in the Westminster Bridge attack on March 22, 2017. 

After being hit by the speeding car, Pc Aves was left with two broken legs, head injuries, a lacerated elbow, a damaged left shoulder and sternum. Spinal cord injuries sustained in the terrorist attack have left him wheelchair-bound.   

Bret, from Chelmsford, and over 300 other volunteer tradesman joined presenter Nick Knowles to make Pc Aves’ home suitable for his rehabilitation on his return from a seven-month stay at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

As one of two decorators, Bret’s main duty was painting the outside of the house and preparing the masses of painting to go on inside the property. Multiple other changes were made to Pc Aves’ house, including the vital installation of a lift. 

Bret said: “I like helping people, and Pc Aves’ case was particularly close to my heart given my day job. It was an exhausting week for me, as I was still working shifts alongside decorating. I even moved house in the last two days of filming! But to be able to give back to someone like Pc Aves is an honour, and it’s an experience I’ll remember forever.”   

You can watch DIY SOS on BBC One tonight (Wednesday, March 7) at 8pm. Alternatively, you can view Pc Aves’ journey on BBC iPlayer at   

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