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Nick Knowles transforms grieving widow’s home after she lost her husband to a heart attack

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A set of unused golf clubs, a toolbox no longer needed. For many of us, they can be easily removed, but not always so simple.

For Sarah Gutteridge, it was a near-impossible task as they belonged to her husband, Trevor, who recently passed away aged just 55.

And it didn’t end there as the grieving widow had to move away from her possessions as she moved back into her old home to live with her daughter Stevie, 35, and granddaughter Hermione, five.

After a few months of struggling with packed rooms, things were getting sore.

“We’re going to get to a point where we can’t do it on our own anymore,” Stevie said.

Incredibly, the family has turned to Nick Knowles’ Big House Clearout makeover TV show, which kindly supports as it returns for a second series tonight.

Nick said: “Nearly 12 months ago, Sarah’s world turned upside down.

“It is not surprising that the collision of lives caused a chaotic disaster.







Nick Knowles helped the widow clean up some things
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“With the value of two households crammed into a three-bedroom property, normal living is becoming impossible.

“But with hope, empathy and a great designer, I’m sure we can make a real difference.”

Sarah, 55, lost her 21-year-old husband on March 2, 2021. They had been living in Dubai for three years when the former soldier suffered a fatal heart attack.

The widow, who was living in the Middle East on Trevor’s work visa, had her own permit canceled, leaving just 30 days for her to pack up and leave the country.

“You can’t hang around there,” she said.

Sarah returned to England and moved in with Stevie and Hermione in Emsworth, near Portsmouth.







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The end result is rooms filled with furniture, with little space left for Sarah to grieve.

But Nick said to her: “I will promise you. You do the hard things, get over the emotion of getting rid of half of your stuff, and you’ll have a wonderful home. “

However, when the team ordered 295 boxes of homeware at the Southsea Pier ballroom, the bulk was shocking.

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

Not to mention hundreds of books and loads of clothes.







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But Sarah, who is often in tears as she exits Trevor’s estate, admits: “I feel as though I’m throwing away our lives at certain points. It’s really hard but it’s worth it. ”

Stevie, who has been in remission for six years from breast cancer, is a student midwife who has little space to study at home.

She said helping her mother sort through their belongings was a challenge and commended Nick’s support.

“I was a little nervous when we were in the warehouse,” she said.

“I went out and he took me for a walk around the pier and just talked to me and calmed me down.






She lost her husband 21 years in 2021





They were living in Dubai at the time and had to move back quickly

“He’s the nicest, most lovable, best person I think I’ve met.”

Nick also had kind words for Stevie, explaining: “Resilience runs in the family. See how she copes with her illness and is determined to become a midwife, and is determined to give her daughter a better life.”

Trevor is in the Royal Artillery and many of his belongings have been donated to the charity Forgotten Veterans UK.

“We know he will be pleased. Sarah said.

During the cleanup at the dock, a team also worked to create comfort in the home for three generations of the family, all to suit their different decorating preferences.

Sarah said: “It feels like we have space to move and be ourselves and I feel like I have space to grieve.







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The family admits converting the house has been a big step forward.

“We have this beautiful family room, we sit there every night,” says Stevie.

“It changed our relationship, we haven’t argued since the house was built.”

Sarah found sewing therapy and a once cluttered barn converted into a bright and airy room to practice her skills. She plans to turn her passion into a business.

“Trev used to sit and watch me sew and I felt close to him while I was doing it,” she said. The garage was transformed into Stevie’s workplace while Hermione’s light-filled bedroom became the neat and pretty space they loved.






The tremendous change has made a positive impact on the family’s relationship

Mother and daughter have continued to clean up another piece of junk since filming the first show for the new movie.

Nick told Sarah her house is worth an estimated £50,000 more “just by decluttering your stuff and redecorating”.

Finally a home that Sarah loves, 35 years on.

“I never liked the house but I love it now,” she said. I will be on my own at some point because Stevie has a desire to have a home of her own.

“I want to be somewhere I feel safe and I do here.”

  • Nick Knowles’ Big House Clearout returns on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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