BY SHUJAUL AZAM
The Demelza Space to Grow project was opened by Penny Lancaster-Stewart on Tuesday.
The well-attended event was the culmination of an exciting building project at the children’s charity’s Eltham hospice. The two-storey extension is a gift to Demelza from Osborne, one of the UK’s leading construction businesses, and its colleagues and suppliers.
This year, Osborne celebrated 50 years at the top of its industry. As part of its 50 year legacy it donated its time and covered all costs for an extension at the children’s hospice.
The transformation of the building took just 14 days. The Osborne team worked tirelessly to deliver the Space to Grow Project which has ensured that the hospice now has the right room and space to deliver its outstanding care.
The emotional well-being of everyone at the hospice is central to the compassionate care and support it provides. Due to the nature of work at a hospice, staff and volunteers often need quiet, personal space available to reflect on their day. The new extension provides space to allow Demelza the opportunity to further look after the well-being of its staff and volunteers, so that it is better equipped and able to care for the children and families at the hospice.
Penny Lancaster-Stewart said: “I am honoured and humbled to officially open Demelza’s Space to Grow extension. I have personally supported this incredible children’s hospice charity for a number of years, and this transformation to their Eltham hospice is a fantastic gift that the children, families and the whole Demelza team truly deserve. This new space will make a real and lasting difference to everyone at Demelza.”
Osborne’s Chief Executive Andy Steele said: “I am delighted we have made a difference with the Demelza Space to Grow Project and marked our 50 years in business. I felt it was important to leave a legacy and achieve an outcome which will positively impact on the lives of children and families in our society for the next 50 years.
“This ambitious project would not have been possible however, without the support of our supply chain and many other partners who have all come together for such a worthwhile cause.”
Demelza’s CEO, Ryan Campbell said: “We are so grateful to the team at Osborne and all their colleagues and suppliers for giving us such a phenomenal gift. The incredible transformation to our Eltham hospice has already made a huge impact – not just to our children and families, but also our staff and volunteers too, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible care.”