Sketch volunteer at Shooting Star Chase!

19 Feb 2019  |  Well-being  |  People  |  News

The Sketch team have worked alongside sub-contractors to transform a tired ‘80’s service station look’ into a vibrant and fun lounge for children and their visiting families to enjoy – all within two weeks!

Shooting Star Chase, the leading children's hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families needed a new space to be used by nurses, carers, staff, children and their families. The vision for the space was to be modern and bright, accommodate an area for meals as well as somewhere comfortable for families to be together and for consultations with the health experts to take place.

Shooting Star Chase were promised a fun and exciting space for the children to enjoy – which is what has been delivered!  The scheme involved decorating walls, new flooring, magical trees, hot air balloons moving up and down between floating clouds. The new area includes displays for them to show off their artwork and comfortable seating areas for when their families come to visit. We said it would be amazing…and it is!

The space even has a piano for when Michael Ball pays a visit.. Lucy Bartlett, the designer of the scheme created striking features to stimulate the children, most of whom are in a reclined chair or bed and so the ceiling had to be the focus.

All materials had to conform to strict hospice guidelines. In addition, the project had to be completed without any budget which was achieved by Sketch and Fourfront staff volunteering and our supply chain supporting this project.

The project got delivered in two weeks and Tuesday 12th February was handed over to Shooting Star Chase. The space was officially opened by 80’s icon Rick Astley and his band who were surprisingly less than impressed with a promise that we were never gonna give up on Shooting Star… We were never gonna let them down. We were never gonna run around and desert them….

Beth and Melanie from the Sketch sales team jumped at the chance to help out and volunteer at Shooting Stars Chase:

"We were excited to be able to spend a day doing something so worthwhile and for such a good cause as SSC. It was really hard work as we were painting non-stop all day, but the hard work really paid off as the room looks so wonderful and is a total transformation. We're glad to have been part of the team at FFG!"

We’ve had the most wonderful feedback from the staff and families alike. They all love it and everyone has been mentioning what a huge difference it will make. On Saturday, just after we had finished, a very ill little boy spent an hour mesmerized by the hot air balloons, the trees and clouds. Jane and Geraldine (Head of Estates and Head of Care, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices) commented:

“We wanted to thank you for your ceaseless, hard work over the past fortnight, even working at week-ends.Come wind and rain, through thick and thin, with ups and down, you have worked with sheer dedication and perseverance and have achieved such an amazing sensory space for the children, their families and staff at Shooting Star House!

The response from staff, families and children has been phenomenal – everyone loves it and truly appreciates your creative skills in designing, painting, cleaning, stencilling, threading, building, demolishing, splicing, budgeting, planning, ‘begging’, fundraising, programming, volunteering… and the compassion that the team has shown throughout this project and over the years is incredible. We are all so very, very grateful. It’s an absolute pleasure working with you all. Thank you.”

It was a pleasure for us here at Sketch to help transform this space for a charity that we have been supporting for many years and means a lot to us. This year we are hoping to reach the £500,000 fundraising milestone – it makes us very proud to feel that we can make a difference.  

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