De­signer Linda likes the look of re­vamped hos­pice

For­mer BBC pre­sen­ter un­veils the bright new Michael So­bell

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

MICHAEL So­bell Hos­pice got a de­serv­ing DIY makeover with a celebrity un­veil­ing last week.

BBC’s Chang­ing Rooms pre­sen­ter and in­te­rior de­signer, Linda Barker, of­fi­cially opened a new fam­ily room and re­vealed it to staff at the hos­pice on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 19.

Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tre intu Uxbridge was be­hind the re­vamp for the lo­cal hos­pice and pal­lia­tive care cen­tre.

The shop­ping cen­tre sent in a team of intu staff to give their fam­ily room a re­vamp, turn­ing it into a fresh, wel­com­ing room for rel­a­tives to re­lax in.

Teams got to work, giv­ing the room a new look with a lick of paint, pro­vided by Wickes, plus fur­nish­ings and fur­ni­ture from Next at intu Uxbridge.

Lisa Trodd, as­sis­tant mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said: “It was fan­tas­tic to be able to sup­port our cho­sen char­ity of the year, Michael So­bell Hos­pice, by giv­ing their fam­ily room a re­vamp this week, with thanks to our won­der­ful staff.

“We hope that the new rooms will be warmly wel­comed by fam­i­lies of those un­der their care.”

Ursula Reeve, head of pal­lia­tive care at Michael So­bell Hos­pice, was ‘de­lighted’ with the makeover.

She said: “The new look fam­ily room is bright, com­fort­able and wel­com­ing and will be a lovely area for our pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and our staff to spend time in.

“Many thanks to ev­ery­one in­volved at intu Uxbridge for mak­ing this pro­ject hap­pen.”

intu Uxbridge is sup­port­ing Michael So­bell Hos­pice this year, with an aim to raise £25,000 to fund a nurse for a year.

Visi­tors can also con­trib­ute at the cen­tre by drop­ping spare change into col­lec­tion boxes and pay­ing to se­lect songs on the juke­box on the Lower Mall, or by pur­chas­ing a lim­ited edi­tion but­ter­fly brooch from the cus­tomer ser­vice desk.

More in­for­ma­tion about the makeover and intu Uxbridge’s char­ity part­ner­ship can be found at Uxbridge.

n COM­FORT: (Above) Linda Barker opens the new fam­ily room; (be­low) the be­fore and af­ter looks; (be­low left, from left) head of pal­lia­tive care Ursula Reeve, Lisa Trodd from intu, Lind­sey Fee­ley from the hos­pice, Linda Barker and intu’s Brigita Za­pus­taite

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