Bright new makeover for children’s hospice

Categories: Care and People & Places.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has given its Hampton site a colourful new makeover.

An army of 80 staff from across the group as well as sub-contractors invested their time and expertise to give the hospice’s dining and lounge area a much needed facelift.

The space now features magical trees, moving hot air balloons and clouds. There are bright dining tables and a rainbow-coloured breakfast bar so families and staff can enjoy meals together. A special display area has been created where artwork can be shown, as well as comfortable sofas for families to use when they come to visit.

The design was specially created to ensure it is a vibrant and exciting space as well as comfortable and practical,  as many of the children the charity supports suffer from very complex needs and conditions.

A team of volunteers helped to build, decorate and clean over the course of a fast track two-week programme to ensure the new space was operational as soon as possible. The refurbishment was also carried out with the help of workplace design and fit-out specialists Area, part of the charity’s long-time corporate supporters, Fourfont Group.

Jane Magowan, Head of Estates for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, said:

“We can’t thank Area and Fourfront Group enough for their ceaseless hard work over the past fortnight. Through their sheer dedication and perseverance, they have achieved such an amazing sensory space for the children, families and staff at Shooting Star House. The positive response has been phenomenal – everyone loves it.”

Justin Lewis, Head of Client Support at Area, added:

“We’ve had the most wonderful feedback from the staff and the families who are supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Soon after we had finished the project, a little boy staying there spent an hour mesmerized by the hot air balloons, the trees and the clouds. The look on his face that day has made this entire project worthwhile.”

For more information visit Shooting Star Children’s Hospices