CRASH helps install new roof for hospice

Published:  23 January, 2019

Halton Haven Hospice installed a new roof on its conservatory thanks to CRASH, meaning patients can now enjoy time with their family and friends, out of their bed.

Halton Haven Hospice provides specialist care to people who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses, along with support for their families in Widnes, Runcorn and the surrounding areas.

The hospice applied to construction industry charity CRASH to help restore their conservatory roof which was showing clear signs of leaking.

‘‘The roof of our Inpatient Unit conservatory was not fit for purpose and was prone to leaking during poor weather. As a result, the conservatory had become inaccessible for long periods of time during the winter months’’ said Chris Andrews, Senior Fundraising Manager at the hospice.

‘‘The lounge and conservatory are also much larger than the patient rooms, meaning entire families can gather together in one place. This becomes particularly important when a patient is coming towards the end of their life and the whole family wants to be in close proximity.’’

CRASH Patrons Arcadis and Bauder generously donated their professional expertise and materials and also involved a number of additional companies in the project.

The new roof has completely transformed the conservatory and the work has saved the hospice £15,894. CRASH added a grant of £10,000 for the project bringing the total value of support to £25,894.

Karen Eden, Director of Care and Operational Services, said: ‘‘We would like to say a huge thank you to CRASH, Bauder, Arcadis and FRS Roofing and for all their hard work on this project! The lovely new roof on our conservatory means a much treasured, safe, warm and private space for patients, families and guests to enjoy in all seasons.

“There will be many many days of peace, reflection, chatter, laughter and tears in this garden room and the wonderful contribution of CRASH, Arcadis, Bauder and FRS really will be a gift which keeps on giving.

“Our Christmas tree and fairy lights made it sparkle, the sound of the children singing for our patients echoed beautifully around it, and we even had wedding guests mingle in it following a ceremony here at the hospice in late December. We simply can’t thank you enough.’’

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