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Dulux Brings Calming Colour to St Michael’s Hospice
A team of Dulux Trade volunteers put their skills and products to the test at St Michael’s bringing brightness and colour to the heart of the their Hospice.
The Arthur Easton Centre (pictured below after Dulux Trade completed their work) is a vital resource for the Hospice and as well as the broader community playing host a wide range of events. The team transformed the centre along with a number of offices used by Hospice staff.
St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonard’s-on-sea suffered extensive damage as the result of an arson attack in July last year.
The fire not only had a devastating effect on the building, but also on the staff and patients working and staying there at the time.
Since the fire, St Michael’s Hospice has been operating a reduced service from Hastings Court Care Home at great expense to the charity while they not only repair the considerable damage caused by the fire but also improve the former convent for the future.
So far CRASH has awarded the Hospice a cash grant of £30,000. CRASH Trustee Steve Hodkinson of Scotch Partners, Hilti (GB) Ltd, Dulux Trade, Arcadis and Cundall have provided a significant amount of expert advice and technical support to the Hospice.
How patrons helped
Working with the St Michael’s Clinical Team, Dulux Trade’s Colour Specialist Lisa Pilley produced scheme options which included paints, fabrics, and furniture to create a calm environment for patients and their families as well as the staff. Although not yet finished, it is evident that Dulux’s support has made an enormous impact in the Hospice’s interior.
Fellow Patrons, British Gypsum and ACO Technologies have all donated materials along with the vital technical expertise which will ensure they are used to their full potential.
“It isn’t hard to imagine how frightened patients and staff must have been when they had to evacuate in the midst of a raging fire. Helping St Michael’s to get back on their feet so they can continue to offer their vital services to people in the community is a real privilege and I am truly grateful to all the individuals and companies from our industry who are helping CRASH to deliver the important help that is needed.”
Chief Executive at CRASH Charity