Novus completes Stoke-on-Trent childrens hospice extension
A new 11,180 sq ft building at The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People has opened this month, following a year-long construction project led by Novus Property Solutions.
The Donna Louise offers respite, symptom management and end-of-life care and support, as well as wide range of emotional and physical therapies for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. The multi-million-pound building, which has been funded by the Denise Coates Foundation and named the Denise Coates Foundation Building, will be the home of the Denise Coates Foundation Service for Young Adults at The Donna Louise, and will continue supporting young adults over the age of 19.
The three-storey building was designed by Tarpey Woodfine Architects and includes five bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a communal lounge and adjustable kitchen, offices for staff and areas for physical and emotional therapy.
Stoke-on-Trent headquartered Novus also took part in a range of fundraising initiatives for The Donna Louise while delivering the new building. The team raised over £13,000 through a series of initiatives including a 5K run, corporate golf day, gin festival, quiz night and a Tough Guy obstacle course – beating its £10,000 fundraising target. The activity forms part of the firm’s national CSR initiative, which also included making a £100,000 investment towards five community projects across the country last year.
Dean Povey, Senior Operations Manager at Novus Property Solutions, said: “The extension will provide a brand-new facility for The Donna Louise, helping it expand the vital services it provides to families in the area.
“We know how much an attractive, positive environment can support the hard work involved in running hugely valuable facilities like The Donna Louise, and our culture is all about giving back to the communities where we operate, so it’s been fantastic to be involved in this transformation.”
Simon Fuller, Chief Executive at The Donna Louise, said: “As the biggest change we’ve undertaken at The Donna Louise since we opened, it’s been critical to us to make sure we get this right. Working in partnership with Novus has allowed us to provide a new, fit-for-purpose environment that will be perfect for our young adults. The generous support from the Denise Coates Foundation, alongside our other fundraising partners, has been vital in allowing us to evolve as a charity and will enable us to forge ahead with delivering a meaningful and much-needed service for our young adults, and their families.”
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