Firms gives hospice a family feel

A group of local companies have come together to refit a kitchen and bedroom at Brian House.
A group of local companies have come together to refit a kitchen and bedroom at Brian House.
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It’s a small part of the Fylde coast children’s hospice, but the family apartment makes all the difference to families who need it.

That’s why staff at Brian House say they are so overwhelmed by an offer by a business to build a new kitchen, completely free of charge.

On top of that, kitchen and bedroom fitters Room have redecorated the Butterfly Suite at the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

The work took just four days to complete, and was agreed after Room’s director, Steve Dunne, paid a visit to the hospice following the Trinity Ball last year.

He said: “There were cards on the table at the ball asking if we could do anything to help, and we are in the unique position that we can – we have the trades and the suppliers that make something like this possible.”

“When I saw the apartment needed a kitchen I knew it was something we could do quite easily, and with our interior designer (Gail Hunt) on board I knew we could do the Butterfly Suite as well.”

The Butterfly Suite at Brian House is an alternative to a chapel of rest for any child who dies on the Fylde Coast.

It has been redecorated, and fitted with a sink unit.

The kitchen has been built out of an empty room upstairs at Brian House. Previously, families staying in the apartment had to eat in the Brian House kitchen.

The work would have cost the Hospice around £28,000.

The staff at Room carried out the work voluntarily using donations from supporters including CME Medical, Melrose Investments and Ian and Anne Butcher, as well as discounts on supplies.

Trinity Hospice’s community fund-raiser, Natalie Bromley, said: “What Room has done will change so many people’s lives. We are so grateful.”

Sister Lorraine Cundy at the hospice added: “This is one of the nicest things anyone has done for us; it’s come straight from the heart.”