Hit TV home-makeover show DIY SOS was in Misterton tending to the home of the family of Roxi Makings - a mum who sadly died last year.
The BBC show stepped in to transform the home of a father-of-six Paul Makings who lost his young wife to cancer.
Paul looks after his children full time following the death of his devoted wife Roxanne, aged 27, last June.
His heartbreaking story came to the attention of the BBC show and they have spent the week transforming the family home on Fox Covert Lane, Misterton.
Presenter Nick Knowles and his team unveiled the revamped home to Paul and his children late last week, who have been living away while the work has been undertaken.
The family was nominated by fellow residents and hundreds of local tradesmen have completed all of the work for free.
Katy Bigley, a researcher for the show, said: “The response from the surrounding areas has been brilliant. We are confident the build will make a tremendous difference to the family for the future.”
Speaking to the Standard at the time of Roxi’s death, husband Paul said that she doted on their six children and was a fantastic, kind and caring wife.
“Rox was very dedicated to us and the children and everyone knew and loved her for that,” he said.
“Everyone was just amazed by how she coped with her illness - she never complained and was so brave.”
He continued: “She was really lovely and we had loads in common, particularly rock and indie music, so we hit it off straightaway.”
Roxi already had son PJ from a previous relationship and the couple had their first child Shannon in 2004, followed by Jake, Katy and Sophie, with Emily arriving last year.
Paul added: “Rox loved our kids and was always firm but fair. Mums always used to ask her advice because that was the kind of person she was.”
Shortly after the couple moved back to their native Misterton, Roxi began to complain about back pain and was later diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the most aggressive form of cancer. Despite several operations, her condition deteriorated in May this year and she passed away in Bassetlaw Hospice on 4th June.
“We’d worked really hard to build our lives up over the years and moving back to Misterton was supposed to be a fresh start for us all,” said Paul.
“I had to pack up my business to care for her - we lost everything.”
But despite major setbacks, Paul said he has been ‘touched’ by the support received from family and friends.
The programme will be televised later this year. You can make a donation to the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund at www.localgiving.com/charity/roximakingsmemorialfund
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