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Community comes together to help build gay dads new home

Husbands Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe were moved to tears after community comes together to build them a new home for their special needs children.
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The UK television show DIY SOS left two gay dads in tears after they built a new home for them in the Isle of Sheppey in Kent reports European LGBT publication Pink News.

Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe have four adopted children, three of whom need special care.

They first adopted Haydn who has cerebral palsy and Curtis who is blind, severely epileptic and susceptible to serious chest infections. Curtis is also epileptic.

The Ratcliffs then welcomed Bella into their tiny home along with baby sister Phoebe who was one-year-old at the time.

Bella has Down’s syndrome and she was at risk of being placed without her sister in another foster home, but the dads, not wanting them separated, adopted both girls.

With so many children, they quickly outgrew their three-bedroom bungalow which, even though they made it work, wasn’t properly equipped to help their children with disabilities.

But the community rallied together and contacted the BBC TV show DIY SOS, a show similar to the US program “Extreme Home Makeover.”

The crew started from scratch and in a first, razed the entire house and replaced it with a five bedroom home.

It was designed to accommodate all the children’s needs.

Only taking nine days to build, the neighborhood came together to donate their skills, time and tools for the project.

Haydn can now access the bathroom on her own with the use of a custom hoisting system.

The dads were extremely moved by the generosity of their community as they toured their new house outfitted with features to assist them in giving the best care to their children.

 “It’s absolutely beautiful! Our kids are going to love this. Everything’s been thought of,” said Kyle. “I just can’t believe the detail and the thought that’s gone into our kids. Because it’s all just about our kids, isn’t it?

“It’s everything, it’s literally everything, you’ve thought of everything. It’s enabling their kids to be more than they are, which is really important.”

Garry added: “We love our kids very much as you can probably tell.

“We’ve always thought we were quite independent and could do things on our own. We could never have done this on our own.

“Not only have you given us a beautiful house and garden for today, but for our children, they’re going to be with us forever. You’ve future-proofed our lives for us.”