Leading office design and fit-out specialist, Area Sq – which is part of long-time corporate supporters, Fourfront Group once again took part in a charity challenge to help support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Following the wonderful makeover at our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s in 2017, Area have turned their expertise and paintbrushes to our Hampton hospice Shooting Star House, to give the family lounge and dining area a much needed facelift.Area corporate supporters making over Shooting Star House

An army of 80 staff from across the Group worked alongside some of Area’s sub-contractors to transform the area. The team of volunteers helped to build, decorate and clean over the course of a fast track two-week programme to ensure the new space was operational as soon as possible.

Designed with magical trees, hot air balloons and bi-planes, the lounge and dining area is a fun and exciting space for the children and their families to enjoy. There is also a display area where artwork can be shown and comfortable seating areas for families to use when they come to visit.

The project has now been completed and as you can see from the photos, the lounge area has been transformed.

We have had so many things donated, from model hot air balloons to a £3000 zip tap; a laptop to control the ceiling display to £17,000 worth of furniture. We’ve also been given Amazon Echo’s, plants, rugs, paint, scaffolding, cleaning products, artwork, skips, winches and even our lovely port-a-loos were donated!

Very special thanks go to the sub-contractors taking part in this refurbishment: Southern Fire, Eurotec, Sterling Site Supplies, Encore, Hawk Scaffolding, Bridgegate Electrical Ltd, Lawmens, RSR, Cablecomm, Synergy, Interiors Solutions London, JBL, Profixed, Carters, Amtico, Interface, Desso, Flortec, Interiors Europe, Vivid, Aztec, Artworks, Zip, Frovi, Zing Clean, Vantage Spaces, Edward Williams Furniture and JHB Building Services. Without them donating their services, time and materials, this project would not be possible.

Leading the refurbishment was Area’s Head of Client Support and Charity Committee member, Justin Lewis. He commented: “We’re once again delighted to be have volunteered our services to this very worthwhile cause. It’s overwhelming to see how many people have signed up to donate their time to deliver this project, and we cannot thank our sub-contractors enough for taking part again.”

This ‘DIY SOS’ project follows the similar challenge Area undertook at Christopher’s, in Guildford in 2017. This project saw Area work alongside a host of sub-contractors to provide their services and materials free of charge to refurbish the reception space. Read more about it here.

James Cornwell, Area Director and Head of the Charity Committee, adds: “Area and the wider Fourfront Group have been supporting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for over 10 years and have raised over £400,000 for this very worthy cause. A number of events are already planned for 2019, and we hope this refurbishment will help kick start our mission to hit the £500,000 by the end of this year.”

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