Simon Dobbin’s touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back ‘privacy and dignity’

DIY SOS viewers were left in tears tonight as Simon Dobbin was finally given his privacy and dignity back.

The dad-of-three was left with permanent brain damage and paralysis, leaving him trapped in his body, after being attacked at a football match on March 21, 2015.

After watching his beloved Cambridge United play Southend, he became the innocent victim of a planned brutal attack that lasted 90 seconds.

The DIY SOS team, along with friends, family and volunteers, transformed the family home to give Simon his own room and improve his living conditions.

The joy was clear to see on his face when he was finally brought home from hospital two months after the build finished.

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Simon was given his dignity back after his horrific ordeal
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Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

There was a look of joy on his face
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Devoted wife Nicole, who was in disbelief at the final result, broke down in tears as she explained how it would "bring some normality back to his life".

Bursting into tears, Nicola said: "This is all I ever wanted for your dad. He will love this It will make his life so much easier. it will bring some normality back to his life."

Simon was given his own personal room, which featured a wet room and CCTV cameras so Nicole could monitor him from anywhere in the house.

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Nicole and Emily thanked the volunteers
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Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Simon returned home two months after the build finished
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Emotional Nicole and their daughter Emily thanked volunteers as they gathered outside the house.

Nicole said: "I want to thank each and very one of you for what you have done. Our house is amazing. It meets all the needs to give Simon the better quality of life he deserves.

"Without you lot it wouldn’t have happened. Your hard work, giving up your time for a family you don’t know is incredible."

Giving her thanks, Emily added: "Having his own room will give him his dignity and privacy back. It’s important to him and he will thrive from that, so thank you."

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

The DIY SOS team outside the house

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Simon’s daughter Emily got emotional talking about her brave dad
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Simon’s life changed forever as he made his way home from the Cambridge United match.

He was kicked, punched and had glass bottles thrown at him as he lay defenceless on the floor in an attack lasting 90 seconds.

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Simon was a football fanatic
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Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

He was left paralysed after the attack
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He suffered a massive stroke and heart failure, leaving his mate Willy, who was also knocked unconscious, fearing that he was dead.

The paramedics tried to resuscitate him and it took seven minutes

Since the vicious attack, 13 men have been convicted for their part in the assault and while they may be behind bars, the nightmare for Simon and his family goes on.

Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin with wife Nicole
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Simon Dobbin's touching reaction as DIY SOS gives him back 'privacy and dignity'

U’s fans with a sign for Simon Dobbin

Emotional DIY SOS viewers took to Twitter after watching the heartbreaking episode.

One viewer said: "In bits watching tonight .. very close to home seeing how Simon was in the house! What every person has done on this build is amazing.."

Another added: "Very heartwarming to see how traders in my local community came together to offer help in making Simon Dobbin’s house a properly adapted home to support his criminally inflicted #braininjury. Fantastic work #DIYSOS"

A third said: "DIY SOS gets me every time but the one on now for the football fan who was set upon by hooligans at a Southend Utd vs. Cambridge Utd game is truly heartbreaking and caused by a completely disgusting and mindless attack. The family are amazing"

*DIY SOS airs Thursdays on BBC One at 8pm

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