East Sussex Jun 2016

Landmark for CRASH as First Hospice Project Completes

CRASH’s first Hospice project is now complete thanks to the generosity and support of Patron companies.

St Michael’s Hospice is an independent 28 bed hospice which has been providing care for adults with life-limiting illnesses since 1987. As well as providing specialist end of life care to in-patients, the Hospice also runs a range of services, so that they can help people with day services and at home supporting patients and their families and friends. They offer 24/7 care, 365 days a year.

The need

The Hospice suffered extensive damage as the result of an arson attack in July 2015. 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.

It meant that St Michael’s Hospice had to operate a reduced service from a local Care Home at great expense while they not only repair the considerable damage caused by the fire but also improve the former convent building for the future.

The solution

CRASH responded to their request for help by awarding the Hospice a cash grant of £30,000 and also enlisted help from some of our patrons to aid the reburbishment.

“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 that helped CRASH to deliver the important help that is needed. CRASH was established to work with the construction industry to create places that give people a sense of dignity, security and calm. However, just as the communities in which we live and work are changing, CRASH must evolve to ensure we are doing the very best we can to support those who need our help the most.”

Francesca Roberts

CEO at CRASH

How our patrons helped

CRASH Trustee Steve Hodkinson and Patrons Dulux Trade, Arcadis and Cundall added significant value to this grant by sharing their professional expertise.

Patrons Hilti (GB) Ltd, British Gypsum and ACO Technologies also showed their support by offering vital technical advice and donating materials bringing the total value of CRASH’s support to £63,639.

The social impact

St Michael’s Hospice reopened in September 2016 and is now providing patients, families and carers with a calm, safe and compassionate environment.

Working with hospices as well as homelessness charities means CRASH and our Patron companies will be able to help even more vulnerable people as well as their families and the staff and volunteers who care for them

Francesca Roberts

CEO at CRASH

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