Unique Window Systems, the multi-award-winning fabricator of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, and curtain walling, has lent its support to this year’s DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need.
The business donated aluminium double doors to help construct a new children’s counselling and therapy centre at Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, Treetops Hospice supports individuals and their families from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are affected by life-limiting illness. This includes conditions such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Huntington’s Disease.
The services provided by Treetops Hospice, which include nursing care, emotional support, respite care and bereavement support, are all offered free of charge.
Every year, the hospice must raise more than £4.3 million to meet its running costs, which equate to around £12,000 per day. Around 70% of this sum comes from charitable donations and fundraising events.
The double doors donated by Unique offer Treetops Hospice a number of valuable benefits. This includes improved comfort and warmth, thanks to their high levels of heat retention and energy efficiency, as well as increased peace of mind due to their impressive security performance, which is Secured By Design accredited.
Mir Patel, Senior Manager at Unique, said: “Unique Window Systems has a firm commitment to corporate social responsibility, and we believe it’s important to give something back to the local communities that are home to many of our team, our suppliers, and our customers.
“Our participation in the DIY SOS project at Treetops Hospice fully reflects this. We are delighted to support such an important and worthy venture.”
Jules Kirk, Therapeutic Services Manager at Treetops Hospice, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have the DIY SOS team come to Derbyshire to create a brand-new counselling and therapy centre within our grounds in Risley.
“Just like adults, children who have lost someone important can find themselves struggling with a powerful range of emotions which can affect their daily lives and relationships at home and school.
“Annually, we provide over 900 counselling sessions for local children, some as young as 7 years old, who are struggling after the death of a loved one.
“Many of our young clients have experienced unexpected or traumatic bereavements including accidents, suicide, and murder. Many children are also still feeling the effects of the pandemic, having a detrimental effect on their mental health and ability to cope after the death of a loved one.
“The DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need will make an immeasurable difference to hundreds of children and their families across our local area.”
The special episode of DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need aired on BBC One at 9pm on 16 November and is now available on catch up TV.