Garden gang from Progress to Excellence Ltd clean-up for Claire House
Volunteers from Progress to Excellence Ltd swapped desks and laptops for wheelbarrows and garden rakes to dig in for Claire House Children’s Hospice at its new site in Liverpool.
A team of seven from the company’s headquarters at Pacific Road Business Hub in Birkenhead, have been helping to clear the grounds and do an outdoor tidy-up at the former monastery in West Derby. The new site, which opened this week, now adds to the vital services offered at the charity’s base in Bebington.
Damian Burdin, Chief Executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd, said: “Claire House is our business’ nominated Charity of the Year. We we were delighted to put a volunteer team together to help with an outdoor clear-up project to get everywhere ready for the official opening.
“Work like this is part of our company ethos of giving something back to the community. We have been major supporters of Claire House in Wirral for many years not only by fundraising but also by volunteering initiatives like this. It’s so important that staff get to experience first-hand the work that’s done by these wonderful organisations.
“Now that the new centre has opened in Liverpool, there will be lots of opportunities for our staff to put their time, energy and enthusiasm into supporting Claire House.”
Jess Campbell, Corporate Fundraiser at Claire House, added: “The team from Progress to Excellence Ltd got stuck in with work in the grounds and particularly made a real dent in the never-ending leaf pile-up.
“Their efforts in helping to keep the den area safe and tidy was much appreciated and made everywhere ready for our opening to welcome children and families.”
The new site in Honeys Green Lane will give Claire House a much-needed base in Liverpool. The hospice in Wirral is at capacity and difficult to reach for many parents as more than half of the children who use it come from Liverpool.
The building’s former dining hall is now a playroom with brightly coloured bean bags, sensory lights, bubble machine and toys. The old library and a contemplation room have been transformed into counselling rooms for families, and what used to be a kitchen storeroom is now a therapy room with a massage bed, mood lighting and healing crystals.
This is only the first phase of the project. Claire House is currently developing plans for the site and later in the year will launch a major appeal to raise the funds to continue with the work. You can donate to them here.