DIY SOS’ Nick Knowles sheds tears over star husband’s death

Nick Knowles hosted an emotional episode of Big House Clear Out and burst into tears as he helped a veteran’s widow find a suitable place for her late husband’s military collection.

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Nick Knowles gets emotional in Big House Clear Out

Nick Knowles broke down in tears during an episode of Big House Clear Out on Thursday night.

The Channel 5 show was tasked with transforming the home of Sarah, whose veteran husband Trevor passed away at the age of 55 leaving a living legacy of military memorabilia.

Sarah struggled to stay at the top of the Trevors collection but couldn’t part with items that clearly meant a lot to her late husband.

But on the show Nick told her that, with her consent, they had arranged for the charity Forgotten Veterans UK to store the items, leaving the presenter in tears.

Sarah lost her 21-year-old husband last March when the former soldier suffered a fatal heart attack in Dubai.

And the loss was compounded by Sarah, who had lived in the Middle East only 30 days for her to pack up and leave the country.

Her return home leads to a move to her daughter’s home, which is filled with stuff piled high, leaving Sarah locked in grief surrounded by Trevor’s possessions.

Trevor and his wife Sarah were living in the Middle East when he suffered a fatal heart attack

Nick often pulls the heartstrings in the shows he presents, including DIY SOS, with audiences prepared for tearful stories.



Nick explained to Sarah, “I promise you. You do the hard work, get over the emotion of getting rid of half of your stuff, and you’ll have a great home.”

In emotional scenes, Nick explains the charity offer as he adds: “For Trevor, that’s going to be really important, isn’t it?”

A representative for the charity later explained: “With your permission, we would love to have a photo of your husband and some history of his service career. So when these Vulnerable veterans come through, they can really look to your husband as an inspiration to move on in life.”

Nick helped Sarah find a suitable place for her late husband’s military memorabilia before they were tasked with clearing the clutter from the family’s multi-generational home.


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Nick surrounded by Sarah and his daughter Stevie’s belongings


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Nick burst into tears, revealing: “Now you’ve taken my breath away.”

And along with Sarah’s stuff, they also discovered that their daughter Stevie, who had let her move into his home, was a startling mess that was hard to understand when laid out.

They discovered Sarah had 91 bags, Stevie had 51 unused cake molds and her daughter Hermione had 207 soft toys.

Big House Clear Out continues to air on Channel 5 and also on the My 5 streaming platform.

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