DIY enthusiast Rose Canham, 15 from Crick, met with her hero, Kirstie Allsopp last week as part of her role as B&Q’s Young Ambassador.
Earlier this year Rose pipped the rest of the competition, all of which were boys, to the post to become B&Q’s Young DIYer. Rose was awarded the title of ‘Young DIYer of the Year’ for her enthusiasm about the work that she put together for the project; she had some great ideas for future projects and often uses recycled products and a variety of different materials. All of Rose’s projects centre around fixing, decorating and innovation.
Rose met Kirstie on the set of Kirstie’s new YouTube ‘How To’ video for B&Q and spent the day observing the amount of work that goes into filming a YouTube clip, learning the secrets and tricks of the TV world and spent time talking to Kirstie about her projects, her ambitions for the future and any hints and tips she had for Rose.
Since her appointment as B&Q’s Young Ambassador, Rose has been helping the retailer to engage more young people in DIY by creating videos about her projects and giving hints and tips on what young people can do to complete their own projects. She has also helped out at a BBC Children in Need project and appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show where her DIY skills were really put to the test. The ambassadorship will last for one year and Rose will be involved with choosing the next lucky youngster to step into her shoes.
From a young age, Rose loved to rework pieces of furniture, trying to create her ideal bedroom. Rose has always enjoyed making things, from clothes to collages, and when she was younger she would often help her godmother out with her own craft projects. Rose loves watching ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’ on Channel 4 and is often inspired by the original queen of craft. She is in her GCSE year at Guilsborough School in Northamptonshire and wants to complete an art foundation course in the next few years. She also has her sights set on studying fashion at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London.
Rose said: “Meeting Kirstie was a dream come true. I love to watch her programmes and pick up tips, so to meet her and get the chance to ask her questions I’ve wanted to know was brilliant. It was also really interesting to get to see the process of making a YouTube film and Kirstie suggested that I make my own to inspire other children so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Kirstie’s ‘How To’ YouTube videos will be available on the B&Q YouTube channel in the New Year and will focus on upcycling furniture, top tips to sell your home and ways to use the four different B&Q décor ranges in future decorating projects.
Log onto www.youtube.com/bandq to view over 100 ‘How To’ videos from the UK’s largest home improvement retailer.