A BLACKPOOL charity which suffered £100,000 of damage in a devastating fire has been given a helping hand by young people looking to learn new skills.
A group of a dozen youngsters from the Prince’s Trust have begun work on transforming the outdoor area of Donna’s Dream House, which offers respite for terminally ill children.
Sections of the Dream House, which was built in memory of Donna Curtis after she lost her battle with cancer, were destroyed by a blaze which broke out in December.
Work is under way to re-build the damaged areas in time for the charity’s re-opening for families next month.
The Prince’s Trust eight-day project will see improvements to the memorial gardens and the creation of a pergola and seating area at the Chapel Street site.
Len Curtis, founder of Donna’s Dream House, said: “Since the fire we have had to re-shape the garden and recreation area.
“The group from the Prince’s Trust are creating a wooden seating area where families can sit quietly and have moments of reflection.
“It’s going to be an important feature of the Dream House.
“They are also going to work on the garden which is brilliant.”
The group, who are based at South Shore fire station, will work with local tradesmen and Kirkham prisoners to complete the project.
Mr Curtis added: “They have been asking for support from local businesses for materials. We really appreciate everyone’s help.
“It’s really good. We are starting to get there now.”
Danielle Lyons, who is working on the project, said: “We’ll be fixing up the memorial gardens and building a seating area over eight days. We should be ready to unveil the area on February 24, which will be great.”
>> Cairn Major, 18, of Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, has been charged with deliberately setting fire to Donna’s Dream House and two allegations of burgling the charity premises.
The case is due to be heard at Preston Crown Court.