• Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

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Hospice revamp opened after DIY appeal

REVAMPED facilities have been formally reopened at a North-East hospice following a successful “DIY Cry For Help” to local businesses.

Butterwick Hospice Care issued the appeal to refurbish the upstairs offices, kitchens, and bathrooms at its Bishop Auckland site, and was overwhelmed by the response.

Plasterers, floorers, carpet-fitters, decorators and plumbers were among those who turned out in force to help with the transformation.

The aim was 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.

Immogen Salt, Hospice Services Manager, said: “The response has been brilliant and will make a huge difference to The Bridge Young Carers Support Service, as well as generating extra rental income for the Butterwick.”

Butterwick Hospice chief executive Debbie Jones added: “It was wonderful to see such community spirit, with everyone pulling together, and we can’t thank everyone enough. The result is superb.”

Roll of honour: JT Atkinson, for providing toilets, sinks, and bathroom fixtures; Durham Blinds; HMS Durham painters and decorators; plumber Stephen Airey; Ward Bros Skip Hire; Edmundson Electrics for providing lights; Harveys Electrical Services for fitting the lights; Orchid Kitchens; David Mullen, of JDM Earth for electrics work; plasterer Lee Thompson; Shoreline for providing fire doors; Franks Factory Flooring for carpets and lino plus fitting; GT Cleaning Machines; GoGreen Managed Services Limited for providing furniture; Mick Stephenson, of DP Consultancy Ltd; and tireless labourer Peter Crompton.


RIBBON–CUTTING: Hospice Services Manager Immogen Salt, centre, opens the revamped facilities with volunteers Peter Crompton, left, and Mick Stephenson