A contender for the world’s greatest boss has built a dream house for a member of staff who is suffering from terminal cancer.

When Keith Ellick was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and told he may have less than a year to live after he was diagnosed in January with terminal cancer that had spread from his oesophagus to his liver and blood, his boss and friend Addam Smith was desperate to help.

He had an idea- to transform Keith’s two-bedroom council house in a real-life version of popular programme DIY SOS. The company director managed to assemble a 50 strong team of volunteers after posting a plea on Facebook page Builders Talk Group, whose members include gardeners, builders and plumbers.


Together they embarked on a week long renovation on Mr Ellick’s Lincoln home that was so good BBC One’s DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles congratulated Mr Smith.

‘The house looked like a show home inside. I can’t thank Addam and everybody else enough. We are truly humbled by what they have done for us,’ said 41-year-old Mr Ellick, who got a new bathroom, kitchen and garden.

Now Addam wants to go a step further and raise £100,000 through a fundraising page, so Keith can buy the house, giving much-needed security for his partner Sasha, 26, and their five-year-old son Leyton. And, together with charity Team Verrico, they are also raising cash to get Keith private medical care that could potentially save his life.

Addam said: “This isn’t really about the money, it’s about peace of mind for Keith and putting things in place for his family.”

Look how amazing the house looks!




DIY SOS The home of terminally ill cancer victim Keith Ellick which was transformed by his boss Addam Smith via a DIY SOS on Facebook. PS: The house after the work was completed PIC MUST BE CREDITED TO DARREN BANK PHOTOGRAPHY

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