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Apprentice joiners with Carillion worked tirelessly last month to transform former in-patient rooms into much needed office space at St Teresa’s Hospice.

Redundant en suites were removed, storage space constructed and seven rooms refurbished in a make-over to be proud of.

The refurbished rooms in the Woodlands were no longer needed for patients since the opening of the purpose-built 10-bed in-patient unit across the hospice gardens. They will now be used for the income generation team, freeing up valuable space in the newly-built administration block.

Joiners not only renovated woodwork, replaced worktops and installed shelving free of charge, on the first floor of the Grade II listed building, but also honed their skills in other areas of construction including plastering and painting and decorating.

Other firms also donated items for the refurbishment including MKM Building Supplies Darlington, B&Q Darlington, Ward Brothers, Durtona (Euro) Design Ltd and Topps Tiles Darlington.

Hospice business relations manager David Jones said: “This has made a big difference in terms of cost saving but also speed and means we can start work on the other end of the first floor for our family support team.”

Carillion has adopted Hospice UK as its national charity with each office partnering with a local hospice.

Hospice fundraising and marketing manager John Paul Stabler said: “Carillion volunteers have been helping us for the past year and it is great to think that their work will help them as it counts towards NVQs for the apprentices.

“Very generously, they have given us a £500 grant and staff have also been fundraising for the hospice, for which we are extremely grateful.”

Alison Matthews, Senior Secretary: “Carillion have adopted St Teresa’s Hospice as one of our nominated charities via Hospice UK and I am delighted that we could transform the old bedrooms into workable office space for the staff.  I hope the work we have carried out will go someway in helping St Teresa’s continue the excellent service they offer our community.”