The Naomi House charity shop in Eastleigh had a SOS DIY style makeover over the weekend thanks to the generosity of builders Redrow.
Staff from Redrow Homes in Camberley took over the premises on Friday night and worked round the clock to refit the hospice shop in time for start of business Monday morning.
Based in Sutton Scotney, Naomi House provides care to young people and their families across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire
The Market Street is one of 16 hospice shops raising vital funds for the charity but was need some TLC of its own.Martin Efford, retail manager at Naomi House, explained:
“The Eastleigh branch is one of our oldest charity shops and hasn’t had any work done to it since it opened about 12 years ago. It’s now tired and in disrepair and in need of a complete facelift.”
Last year hospice shops generated around £350,000 for Naomi House with the Eastleigh store raising approximately £30,000.
Redrow staff and contractors gave up their own time to complete the project.
Redrow’s mascots Buster and Buddy also turned up to lend a paw while Redrow suppliers also donated materials for the refit.
Martin Efford added:
“By renovating the shop Redrow are helping to ensure that all money raised for Naomi House goes direct to frontline service to help look after children and their families.”
Redrow’s Julia Davies estimated the work would save Naomi House more than £10,000 and promised the builder would continue to support the Hospice as their ‘Charity of the Year’.
“The whole team at Redrow is behind the challenge as we all appreciate how difficult it can be for families of sick children.”
Two employees plan to abseil down the spinnaker tower and a fundraising ball is also planned.
The year-long fundraising effort forms part of the house builder’s celebrations to mark four decades of construction and house building
All employees from Redrow Homes across England and Wales are competing to raise as much money as possible for selected local causes.