Story of family of disabled twins to be shown on TV again

Mike Smith and his wife Haanagh with their two disabled twin sons Zach, left, and Reuben
Mike Smith and his wife Haanagh with their two disabled twin sons Zach, left, and Reuben
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A TELEVISION programme which featured the moving story of a family with disabled children from Whiteley will be reshown tonight.

The BBC show DIY SOS completely transformed the house of Mike and Haanagh Smith, of Saffron Close, who live there with their three children; 10-year-old Harry, and five-year-old twins Reuben and Zachary.

Reuben and Zachary were born prematurely and have complex disabilities – both have cerebral palsy and one is profoundly deaf.

Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team called on friends, family and the local community to come to their aid.

In November 2012, the community rallied round and revamped the whole house, including a single-storey extension being built in just nine days.

Haanagh, 36, said: ‘The emotions of feeling how lucky you are never go away.

‘It will be lovely to watch the show again and see how far the twins have come on.

‘In the last couple of years so many things have happened, like them going to mainstream school, that their development has really been helped by the show.’

Since the show, Reuben and Zachary have both started attending Whiteley Primary School along with their big brother Harry, much to the delight of friends and family.

Zachary was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after the programme as well as brain and spine abnormalities, meaning his condition continues to prove challenging.

The family are still fundraising for the twins due to the extensive therapy they both need.

To follow their progress or to donate go to ‘For Reuben & Zachary’ on Facebook.

DIY SOS will be on tonight at 8pm on BBC One.