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22Jul2020
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Sunderland hospice receives free makeover

St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland has been given a makeover thanks to our generosity alongside Mitie Painting and Fabric and Johnstone Paints.

The hospice in Ryhope was redecorated earlier this month, with rooms including the day care ward, specialist treatment rooms and communal corridors being freshly painted by volunteers from the Mitie Painting and Fabric team.

We named the hospice as one of its corporate charities earlier this year and agreed to help out with the redecoration project after hearing the hospice were in need of some support.

Mitie, one of our contractors, recently worked with the us as part of a redecoration programme across our properties in Sunderland. The firm kindly volunteered their time and skills to help improve the building and ensure the hospice’s vital funding could continue to be spent on their patients and services.

The voluntary redecoration work was then also complimented by Johnstone’s Paint Company which donated all of the paint used free of charge upon hearing of the project.

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Office for Gentoo Group said:

“As one of our corporate charities we’re absolutely delighted to support the hospice, not only financially through fundraising but also by providing other support where possible.

“The hospice provides hugely vital support for so many families in Sunderland and we are delighted to have been able to help maintain the hospice and ensure it continues to be a warm and welcoming place for those who need it.”

Anthony McDermott, Head of Marketing, Challenge Events and Corporate Relationships at St Benedict’s hospice said:

“The effects of Covid-19 have had a huge and detrimental effect on our fundraising efforts at St Benedict’s Hospice, which is why we were delighted when Gentoo kindly offered to get involved and connect us to both MITIE and Johnson Paints who amazingly carried out the re-furbishment paint work (including all resources) that was much needed in our day-patient centre for free.

“Sadly we haven’t been able to receive patients into this facility in recent months due to the current constraints, however by providing a fresh looking unit for when they all return, we know it will make such a huge difference to our service users.

“Gentoo have been a great asset to us so far throughout this charity partnership and most recently their whole workforce took part in our annual Sunflower day by wearing yellow. Thank you to everyone involved for their support on this project”

Shaun Denham, Branch Manager for the North East region of MITIE said:

“Having recently resumed our working relationship with Gentoo we were only too delighted to give something back to the wider community that they serve. Everyone that worked on this refurbishment has felt a great sense of community pride and we hope that the building users enjoy the rejuvenated working environment”.

Mitie have just completed external decoration works on 927 of our properties as well as redecoration of the communal areas at some of the our sheltered schemes.

We're working closely with the charity this year, with the organisation’s 1,200 employees taking part in various fundraising and volunteering opportunities for the hospice.