CRASH creates a beautiful new dining area for patients at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

CRASH is delighted to announce the completion of a new dining room extension at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, thanks to the generosity of CRASH Patrons and supporters.

The need

The hospice provides specialist palliative care to people who have a terminal illness, along with facilities for their families and carers. The hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support in the London Boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Bexley. They care for over 2,500 people each year through their services at the hospice, in people’s homes, and their day hospice clinics.

The charity applied to CRASH to help create a much-needed new dining room, so that patients who are strong enough have the option to eat somewhere other than their room and sometimes with their visitors. The space can also be used to provide a place for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and special anniversaries.

The CRASH solution

This project was led by CRASH Patron VolkerFitzpatrick. Fellow CRASH Patrons Arcadis, Areen Design, Bauder, Dulux Trade, London Building Control, Newtownstewart Construction, Sunbelt Rentals and a number of CRASH supporters, provided their professional expertise and construction products to build the new dining room extension for the hospice. Thanks to their incredible generosity, patients now have a beautiful dining space where they can relax and enjoy quality time with those they love.

The value of the expertise and construction products provided by CRASH Patrons and supporters was £149,276 and CRASH provided a total grant of £69,588, which included a restricted donation from The Story of Christmas for £40,000. This brought the total value of help provided by CRASH to £218,864.

The impact

Kate Heaps, CEO of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice said:

 This was a project the Hospice had needed for some time, but I didnt think it was going to happen any time soon until CRASH came along. I hope you agree what a difference the new extension makes to the amount of space available and to the mood of the area too – it is considerably brighter and now opens out onto a much improved courtyard full of sun and flowers.

Patients, families, and visitors will now be able to have easy access to an improved kitchen, dining room and courtyard. The current COVID-19 situation has highlighted the stress and anxiety of dealing with terminal illness and this new part of our building will be a place for people to relax over a meal, and a separate space that is much needed. Once again thank you for all the work that CRASH and your Patrons put into giving our terminally ill patients, visitors and staff something special.

Francesca Roberts, Chief Executive of CRASH said:

  A huge thank you to all the CRASH Patrons and supporting companies for all their hard work and generosity for this project. They have created a beautiful space that will improve the quality of life for patients, staff and families at the hospice and make a significant social impact that will last for many years.

If your company would like to get involved in a future CRASH project and demonstrate your commitment to social impact, please contact Francesca Roberts on froberts@crash.org.uk or 0208 742 0717.