The Repair Shop fans ‘bawl eyes out’ over Special Olympic athlete’s valued dolls ‘Sobbing’
Repair shop visitor emotional after leaving childhood dolls
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Jay Blades and his team of experts were tasked with restoring two dolls owned by Special Olympics medalist Jess on Wednesday’s instalment of the heartwarming BBC show. Jess explained to The Repair Shop’s Jay that her dolls, named Amy and David, were gifted to her when she was five years old by her late grandmother. She hoped they could be repaired and have matching Special Olympics jackets made, which left viewers reaching for the tissues.
Jess and her mum June were the first guests to enter The Repair Shop to be introduced to Jay and restoration duo Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell.
Gold medalist Jess presented Jay and the team with her beloved baby dolls David and Amy.
She said: “My nan brought me David when I was five years old and he wanted a brother or sister and I got Amy.”
June explained that the two dolls had not left Jess’ side for about 30 years which is why they were in need of repairing.
Jay asked: “So there is a really strong connection Jess, with Amy and David?”
June explained the dolls were a huge part of her daughter’s life and when Jess’ grandmother died they helped her through her grief.
When describing her grandmother, Jess said: “She was really lovely, I stayed a lot with her and I loved her to pieces.”
June told Jay her mother was a rock to her and Jess when she was alive.
She opened up about Jess having to undergo life-saving heart surgery when she was just 12 days old.
Doctors told Jess that if she didn’t have the operation when she did, she would have died within hours.
June said: “She came through that and we were then told 50/50 that she may not survive the year, but Jess being Jess has just gone from strength to strength so we are very lucky to have this young lady.”
Jess asked Jay if he could repair her dolls and make them Special Olympics jackets which were identical to the one she was wearing.
The athlete broke down in tears when her dolls were taken away to be repaired, but she was thrilled when she returned to the workshop later on to see the dolls’ revamped look.
Jess’ story touched the heart of many viewers who took to Twitter about the tearjerking episode.
Ted Lasso commented: “What’s everyone up to? I’m just sobbing over two dolls on The Repair Shop.”
Sharon directly tweeted Jay Blades saying: “@jayblades_ [I’m] in tears again watching tonight’s Repair Shop – the one with the wonderful young lady Jess and her two dolls. You are all such lovely caring people. Keep up the brilliant work you all do.”
Paula Page quipped: “I’ve got something in my eye! Damn you the Repair Shop!”
Chris Rowe commented: “B****y Hell! Five minutes into the Repair Shop and I’m already in tears.”
Sally Esposito added: “Rookie mistake tonight, not having a packet of tissues while I’m watching the repair shop.”
Sofia Kubinski said: “Just ONCE I want to watch an episode of The Repair Shop and not bawl my eyes out.”
The Repair Shop airs Tuesday on BBC One at 8pm.
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