HUNDREDS gathered in St Silas’ Church in Blackburn last night for a special preview showing of the DIY SOS Big Build for Blackburn charity Nightsafe.

The preview, which was held for all the volunteers who took part in the build, was shown 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled BBC programme, which went out to viewers nationwide as part of Children in Need at 8pm.

And now, after nearly two months of keeping the photos under wraps, the Lancashire Telegraph can finally reveal images of the build, which show the inside of the old St Silas Church Hall.

The images show a special living area, common room, and kitchen complete with all mod-cons, and bedrooms with en-suite bathroom facilities, as well as an outdoor area for socialising.

The accommodation block was opened in October, and is already being used.

CEO of Nightsafe, Jan Larkin, said: “I actually can’t put into words how much of a difference this project is already making and will continue to make to young people who are homeless in Blackburn with Darwen.

“Throughout the build we were blown away by everyone’s generosity and kindness and to finally see the finished programme surrounded by all of the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to help us is truly amazing.”

The team from DIY SOS, including presenter Nick Knowles ­— along with hundreds of volunteers ­— helped turn the hall into an accommodation block for Nightsafe in September.

Hundreds of volunteers and tradespeople from up and down the country lent their skills to help build six self-contained rooms over the two weeks of the Big Build.

Fundraising co-ordinator at Nightsafe, Carol Greenwood, added: “Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of this.

“We are, and forever will be, grateful for what you’ve done for us and all of the young people that will benefit from your hard work.”