CRASH reconfigures building to support hospice care in the local community

Blythe House Hospicecare was founded in 1989, and to this day, provides free care and services to anyone with a life-limiting illness, in and around the High Peak area of Derbyshire. Blythe House adds quality to life by providing the highest levels of care and support for patients, their families, partners and carers, treating each person with kindness, empathy, compassion and respect.

Blythe House offers palliative and holistic care via their Community Hub, counselling and bereavement services, a range of support groups and a 24/7 Hospice at Home service.

The need

Blythe House applied to CRASH to improve the accessibility and privacy of their reception and waiting room to enhance their patient and visitor experience. Their small reception area quickly became busy, and sometimes it was a struggle to enter the building. Exacerbated by a small waiting room, many people were waiting around, crowding the reception. This layout also meant little privacy for patients and visitors, which was particularly uncomfortable for counselling patients or first-time visitors who could already feel stressed or daunted.

Furthermore, there was an unused bathroom near the reception which was too far from the patient’s day room to be useful. Better utilization of this space would improve the reception and waiting area for all visitors to the hospice.

Jessie McHale, Fundraising Assistant at Blythe House Hospicecare, explained what she hoped the project would achieve:

“We hope to end up with a hospice that is fully accessible, where patients can use all entrances and exits, and a building that is being used to its full potential whilst also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for patients.”­­­­­

The solution

CRASH channeled the professional expertise and products of our Corporate Patron companies and generous supporters to completely transform the busy reception and waiting area into a roomy, inviting area with new entrance porch.

Corporate Patrons, Arcadis, Dulux Trade, Geberit and Marshalls came together to help deliver this project, along with supporting companies Altro and Johnson Tiles. Works included the creating a new entrance porch, reception, waiting area and WC and repurposing the old disused bathroom to increase the size of the waiting area with new flooring and redecoration throughout.

How CRASH Corporate Patrons helped

The total value of support for the project was an impressive £37,605.

  • £7,605 of assistance from CRASH Corporate Patrons and supporting companies donating professional services and discounted construction products.
  • £30,000 cash grant awarded by CRASH.

The money and resources saved on professional expertise and construction products, combined with the grant awarded, significantly reduced the financial burden on the hospice. Blythe House could focus their resources on doing what they do best, supporting patients, their carers and families in in their local community of High Peak in Derbyshire.

The social impact

Alistair Rogerson, Business Development Manager at Blythe House Hospicecare, said:

“I have been so impressed with the support and generosity of CRASH in helping Blythe to achieve this project. It would not have been possible without this partnership, which included project management support, advice and financial assistance. The outcome, an updated building to support the care we provide in the local community, is a fitting legacy that will benefit users for years to come.”

Francesca Roberts, Chief Executive at CRASH, said:

“Thank you to all our wonderful Corporate Patrons and supporting companies who helped deliver this project. You should feel incredibly proud of what you have achieved, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. This project is a true testament to your commitment to creating places that care for people.”

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