DIY SOS star Billy Byrne got emotional last night on a special Children in Need episode as he discussed his daughter's death.

The electrician, 73, was helping the team as they helped the Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire, complete a new building with therapy rooms.

The one-off episode includes incredibly moving stories from children and families who have benefited from the crucial support of Treetops, during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

The hospice has been helping adults with life-limiting conditions and their families for 40 years but wants to extend its services to help bereaved children in the specially tailored building.

DIY SOS' Nick Knowles and his team try to help transform the homes of families across Britain.

Byrne is an electrician from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. Although jokingly referred to as the ‘Prince of Darkness’ and clowns about on the show, there is tragedy beneath his smile.

Tragically, Billy Byrne lost his daughter to cancer.

Billy said: "The reason I get, as I do, emotional, we lost our daughter Emma but she had three sisters. If they had something like this they could have actually shared it with other people who were in the same position as they were." He went on: "Inside them, they couldn't let it out.

"It was so relieving, talking"

"And at a bereavement place, you can talk let it out and meet people who have been in the same position as you." Nick then addressed Billy's own feelings following the tragic loss as he asked: "It took you 20 years to really get some counselling?"

Billy admitted it had and added: "It was so relieving, talking. It was just a hard time but we're doing things for other people and that's good."

Speaking about his loss during a previous episode of DIY SOS in 2020, Billy said: “You’ve got to accept that she was part of our lives for 20 years. Let’s talk about the 20 years that she was great and happy. We can stop shedding tears – but it’s hard.”