Archive for April, 2011

John Lewis Spring Into Action

John Lewis have very kindly offered to equip one of the rooms at the centre with equipment for a gym.  Many of the residents like to stay at the centre during the day and a gym would provide a positive way for individuals to start to look after themselves and keep busy and productive.  The John Lewis charity committee met last week and really wanted to make a difference to the everyday lives of the residents and therefore work will be starting to convert one of the ground floor rooms into a state of the art gym with treadmills, cross trainers, rowing machines and free weights.

We are all incredibly grateful for the continued support of John Lewis with our charity and look forward to showing them around our new gym when it is completed.


Old Hotel furniture checks into a new home

Following the acquisition of three cliftop hotels in Bournemouth, locally based Quantum Group are donating previously used hotel furniture to the Hope Charity. Jacqueline Entwistle of the Quantum Group, recently met Rob Machon, Charity Manager for Hope, at the HEC lunch and was touched by the work which the charity does for the less fortunate local community of Bournemouth. Jacqueline Entwistle of Quantum stated: “The Hope Charity is a worthy local charity and as we clear out the hotels in our total refurbishment programme, any furniture which would have normally found its way to the skip will be passed over to the Hope Charity to aid them with assisting less fortunate members of the community”. Jacqueline Entwistle Quantum Group

HOPE’s Window Appeal

In January 2011 we launched the HOPE window appeal where we wanted  to replace all the single glazed windows at the Centre with modern energy-efficient double glazing.  The existing windows were making the residents’  rooms  intolerably cold during the winter months with some residents sellotaping  their towels to the windows to stop the heat from escaping.

We are very happy to say that Richmond Home Improvements Co replaced the worst window in the centre for free and we have another two double glazing companies that have shown an interest in supporting the charity with windows.  We cannot begin to explain how much difference a warm room makes to the vulnerable adults at the Centre so thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far.

If you think you are able to help with this project (there are many to replace) then please contact us.

Below is an article from Seeker News:

Richmond step in to help local charity

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Posted in Business News, Charities

From top: Allan Tofield of Richmond Home Improvement with Julie Berti and Robert Machon of Hope Housing Training and SupportFrom top: Allan Tofield of Richmond Home Improvement with Julie Berti and Robert Machon of Hope Housing Training and Support

There may be an air of economic gloom in the country, but local business people continue to give their aid and support to charities in the  Bournemouth and Poole area. And as far as Richmond Home Improvement are concerned that help proved to be practical and was conducted at double quick speed.

Hope Housing Training and Support, who provide accommodation and support for those recovering from addictions, had a window damaged and Richmond were quick to step in with their expertise – at no cost at all to the charity.

Ironically, Richmond owner Allan Tofield had already pledged his support to Hope Housing after meeting Robert Machon and Keeley Weightman, who both work with the charity, at a recent luncheon.

Tofield said: “Hope Housing have only a limited budget and they needed a number of windows replacing. I said I would do that for free.

“Then after the charity suffered damage to one of their windows we fixed it at express speed. They were willing to pay for the job to be done, but we did not take any payment.

“At Richmond Home Improvement we source all our products locally, so it’s only right we put something back by helping local good causes.”

Garden Project supported by the Hamworthy Group

In May 2011 employees from the  Hamworthy Group have volunteered to clear the half-acre plot of land at the back of one of the houses and create an area for recreation for the residents.  This is the second part of the garden project, which John Lewis started in 2010 and has been funded by various charitable trusts and organisations.  The garden will provide an area for residents to enjoy the sun, grow vegetables and provide an area where counsellors, the probation service, families and friends can visit.  The Hamworthy Group have also donated laptops and phones to the charity for the residents to use when applying for jobs and writing CV’s. HOPE are very excited about establishing long-term links with this reputable company.  Photos of the renovation will be posted soon… this space.

Before photographs:

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