A HOSPICE has issued an appeal to businesses to take part in a DIY project to free up extra office space for a charity partner supporting young carers.

Butterwick Hospice has launched the “DIY Cry For Help” in the hope that local companies will contribute skills and labour to enable an expansion at its Bishop Auckland site.

The aim is to make five upstairs offices, two bathrooms and two kitchens available to collaborative partner, The Bridge Young Carers Support Service, which is part of the national charity, Family Action.

The move will benefit both the Butterwick Hospice and The Bridge Young Carers Support Service, enabling more vulnerable members of the community to be helped.

An initial call for support amongst corporate partners, volunteers and staff has already led to offers of a kitchen, carpeting and electrical services but more help is needed so a wider appeal is now being made.

Support is needed with plumbing, plastering, decorating, flooring, light fittings, worktops, blinds, doors and general labour.

Butterwick Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Jo Wallis, said: “We are grateful for all the support we receive from the local community and this is a new way that local businesses can get involved and really make a difference.”

She added: “Any offers of help will be greatly appreciated and our promise in return is to provide endless cups of tea and maybe even some biscuits!”

Contributors will also be recognised publicly in the local press, on social media, online and through the Butterwick’s internal communications.

Butterwick Hospice provides day care to patients with a palliative and progressive diagnosis, as well as outpatients and home care services. Butterwick also provides bereavement support to adults and children and a range of other services to improve quality of life.

Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by providing emotional and financial support to those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation.

The deadline for the work to be completed is March 23rd and anyone willing to answer the call for help is asked to contact Hospice Services Manager, Immogen Salt, at immogensalt@butterwick.org.uk or by telephone on 01388 603003 by 5th March.

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