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Simon Dobbin: Hundreds of volunteers to transform house of man attacked by football hooligans

Tradespeople from across the region are coming together to help rebuild the house of a man who was left severely brain damaged after an unprovoked attack.

Simon Dobbin was assaulted by football hooligans in March 2015 outside a pub in Southend following a match between Southend United and Cambridge United.

He is currently cared for by his wife Nicole in their small terrace house in Mildenhall, but now hundreds of builders, carpenters and decorators have applied to the BBC programme DIY SOS to take part in the project to transform the house to meet Simon's needs.

Simon is cared for by his wife Nicola at their house in Mildenhall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's going to be be absolutely amazing," Nicole told ITV News Anglia.

"For Simon to have his own bedroom, his own personal space - I'm just overwhelmed by the whole thing.

"I can't thank people enough. There's not enough words that I can say - how much they're going to change our lives is remarkable."

The build will be carried out over a period of 10 days and will include a downstairs extension that will house things like a new wet room and physio space.

The DIY SOS team say they were inundated with volunteers desperate to help, and even had to turn down around 700 applications.

"The community's pulled together in an enormous strength and they've given Simon a huge chance to get back on board," Project manager Mark Millar said.

"There just giving him that little bit of dignity back. It's not much, but it means so much. It's going to give them a little bit of life back."