The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades chokes up as he shares emotional memory

Jay Blades gets emotional as he talks about his charity work

Jay Blades held back tears on Thursday’s The One Show as he recalled the volunteer work he used to do.

Host Roman Kemp asked Jay for his thoughts following a segment about volunteering.

“Yeah, I’ve been volunteering for a long time,” the 53-year-old replied.

He continued: “I’ve been doing charities for about 20 years and I was just looking through some pictures just now actually, of a place I used to work in Oxford Cyrenians which was…”

Pausing for a while, he appeared emotional as he added: “Hold on, wow hold on.

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“Yes, sometimes I get a bit of a moment and I just remember the young man I used to look after.

“He was Scottish and basically, it was a homeless centre for homeless guys who were alcoholics and all that kind of stuff.

“And the sad state of affairs was it really brings you down to home…

“Right down to like ground level when you can see someone that has all their worldly possessions in a carrier bag that’s not full and that really makes you value your life.

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“So when you do volunteering, it’s the best thing.”

Furniture restorer Jay may have found fame on The Repair Shop but it’s clear he has experience in all fields.

Earlier this year, he even took part in Celebrity Bake Off: Stand Up to Cancer.

He recently made a huge confession as he stated: “I’m not a baker. They sent me ingredients and some equipment in advance, so I could practise.

“I never opened the box. I just went straight into the Bake Off tent like ‘Here we go, let’s do this!'”

“Us east enders have our wits about us, so I totally winged it.”

Jay ended up coming in fourth place, behind Judi Love, Mike Wozniak and Deborah Meaden who won the show.

In an interview with The Guardian, the BBC star addressed whether Paul lived up to his so-called scary persona.

He clarified: “No, he’s a really nice guy. And the cameras don’t do his eyes justice!”

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.

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