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Jay Blades, 50, has shared that he made a kind gesture to a dying fan after he learned from their relative that they didn’t “have long left” to live. The Repair Shop star proceeded to contact the elderly gentleman “in his 90s” and made him an honorary expert of their team during a very emotional video call.
All the family were on the call crying, I was crying
Jay revealed: “The other day, I made two members of our community – our society – honorary members of The Repair Shop. One of them was a man in his 90s.
“His granddaughter contacted me and said, ‘He recently had Covid and is out of hospital, but we don’t think he has much time to live.
“Could you potentially send a video message? I contacted the granddaughter and we FaceTimed her grandfather.
“When I made this man an honorary expert, all the family on the call were crying. I was crying,” he added to Radio Times.
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Unfortunately, the fan did not make it as he later died, however, his family were “over the moon” Jay had called him before his passing.
Jay has become a household name on BBC’s The Repair Shop alongside his colleagues Suzie Fletcher, Steve Fletcher and Will Kirk.
The restoration experts travel around the country, repairing family heirlooms, with Jay acting as the foreman.
It comes as Jay revealed life at times can be difficult, despite pouring his “soul” into it, as he posted a very candid message on his Twitter account, alongside a snap with his Repair Shop colleagues.
The star said that he was missing his “TV family”, as he responded to a fan’s kind comment on the photo.
Jay wrote in view of his 32,2000 followers: “Life will never be perfect. Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never have that perfection you seek.
“There will always be broken hearts, there will always be days where nothing goes right.
“But things will always be made better with love and laughter. #TRS.”
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Underneath, fans shared their admiration for the team’s friendship and work ethic.
One wrote: “Fabulous picture Jay…”
He responded: “I miss my TV family.”
While another typed: “Love you guys. I love your energy and the way you make people feel. Now that’s the kind of workplace I’d love to be a part of. Just skill and love poured into everything.”
A third commented: “Always a better day when your smiling faces are on my screen. Thank you all for your work.”
Jay has also spoken out on his dyslexia battle, which leaves him struggling to read his BBC scripts on the programme.
He told The Sun: “I am heavily dyslexic and if they send me a script I can’t read it.
“They tell me who is coming on and we do it one take. We have formed as a family (workshop staff) and you take the mickey out of each other, so you do what a family does.
“That is what the production company has done.”
Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – on sale now.
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