DIY SOS Ireland – The Big Build – Johnny and Lynn Aylward


DIY SOS Ireland The Big Build has returned back to our screens on RTE One for the second series! It kicked off with the DIY SOS Ireland team and a heap of volunteers helping out the Aylward family to build their forever home from the ground up in Shanbogh, New Ross, County Wexford.

As soon as the call was put out to companies looking for help to make this dream a reality, we knew we wanted to be a part of this. The first episode followed the story of Johnny Aylward, who devastatingly was diagnosed with Motor neurone disease recently. Johnny and his wife Lynn, along with their children and grand children had been renting in New Ross, and Johnny’s main focus quickly became getting his family a secure forever home so he knew they would have somewhere of their own and not have to worry about the future.

DIY SOS Ireland Aylward family bedroom PLS over head hoist


Unfortunately there is no cure for Motor Neurone Disease, which leads to progressive paralysis, and so as well as giving the Aylward family their forever home, we needed to make it accessible for Johnny as he lives with his disease. Being able to move around comfortably with ease is a something most of us take for granted, but can massively improve the quality of life for someone living with conditions that effect their mobility.

Our PLS AR-200 over head hoist was installed into Johnny and Lynn Aylward’s bedroom to ensure that Johnny can continue to get around comfortably no matter the circumstances. You can see from the below video from the show just how much peace of mind this has already given Johnny & Lynn, and will continue to do so as use is needed.

We would like to wish the Aylward family all the best in their future going forward and hope that they can relax and enjoy their new home together for as long as possible. Thank you to the entire team involved and the Aylward family for choosing us to be a part of this journey with them. Johnny’s story has had a great impact on all our staff in Caretua as it is people like those in the Aylward family that we do what we do for.

Check out the rest of the images from our experience working on the show below, including some behind the scenes ones. We are also fortunate enough to have helped out another family on this series, so be sure to keep an eye out for us! You can watch DIY SOS Ireland The Big Build on RTE One on Sunday’s at 6.30pm , or catch up on the RTE Player. If you would like further information on our products or services contact us at or call (01) 4433 390.

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