A HOSPICE has been thrilled with the response to an appeal to businesses to take part in a DIY project to help it expand and support another charity.

But there is still a need for extra help to complete the work needed to create the accommodation for a charity partner supporting young carers.

Butterwick Hospice launched the “DIY Cry For Help” in the hope that local companies would contribute skills and labour to enable an expansion at its Bishop Auckland site.

Butterwick’s Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Jo Wallis, said: “We have had a really heart-warming response and we are so grateful for all the offers that have been made.”

However, there remains a need for decorators, a plasterer and a tiler. The hospice is also still appealing for two toilets, two sinks, and three fire doors.

The aim is to make five upstairs offices, two bathrooms and two kitchens available to collaborative partner, The Bridge Young Carers Support Service, which is part of the national charity, Family Action.

The move will benefit both the Butterwick Hospice and The Bridge Young Carers Support Service, enabling more vulnerable members of the community to be helped.

Butterwick Hospice provides day care to patients with a palliative and progressive diagnosis, as well as outpatients and home care services. Butterwick also provides bereavement support to adults and children and a range of other services to improve quality of life.

  • Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by providing emotional and financial support to those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation.
  • Anyone willing to answer the call for help is asked to contact Hospice Services Manager, Immogen Salt, at immogensalt@butterwick.org.uk or by telephone on 01388 603003.