Table and worktops by Impala Stone at DIYSOS BigBuild

27 December 2023

Impala Stone on DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need 2023

The team here at Impala Stone were delighted and incredibly proud to be involved in this year’s special Children in Need edition of DIY SOS The Big Build.

The episode saw us, alongside other skilled local traders and the DIY SOS team, come together to complete a new children’s counselling and therapy centre for Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire, just down the road from our workshops and showroom.

Treetops Hospice: the important work they do

Treetops Hospice is cherished in the local community for providing compassionate nursing care and emotional support for adults, and also extending these services to adults with life-limiting conditions, the bereaved and their families. A significant aspect of their work involves offering counselling and emotional support to children grappling with the loss of a loved one, a vital service helping young minds navigate overwhelming grief.

Their commitment to aiding young individuals has taken a significant leap forward with the establishment of this new children’s counselling and therapy centre. The calm and welcoming space has been carefully tailored to the needs of its young visitors and their families, including specially designed rooms for counselling and therapy, providing a safe, nurturing environment where children can express and process their emotions.

Impala Stone couldn’t be prouder to have been involved with the local building community in bringing this new centre to full realisation. You can look inside the completed building over on the Treetops Hospice website, and see all the incredible work that’s been done.

Impala Stone and the Big Build

Our contribution to the Big Build took place on Thursday 21st September, 2023. The day involved some intense collaboration as we all raced to create a space that would provide comfort and support. Our role was to design and install bespoke kitchen and therapy room worktops. We knew these areas would be pivotal in offering a warm and welcoming environment for the children and families visiting the centre.

This immensely rewarding project came with a unique set of challenges. Time constraints and the need to synchronise our efforts with those of many other generous tradespeople required efficient teamwork. Our team worked tirelessly, ensuring that every part of our contribution was aligned with the overall vision of the build.

The finished programme was broadcast at 9 pm on BBC One on Thursday, 16th November 2023, and watching the reveal being transmitted was a moment of collective pride for everyone at Impala Stone. Seeing our worktops as part of the new centre was a humbling experience, and knowing our work contributed to such a vital cause was deeply gratifying – the whole experience is a testament to what can be achieved when a community comes together.

At the time of writing, you can still watch this episode of DIY SOS The Big Build over on the BBC iPlayer website.

A community united

The extraordinary efforts of everyone involved have made a lasting impact on Treetops Hospice. Thank you to everyone who watched, supported and shared in this incredible achievement. We at Impala Stone are honoured to have played our part in creating a space that will help Treetops Hospice continue its invaluable work for children. Our involvement in the DIY SOS Big Build for Children in Need 2023 will remain a significant and cherished milestone in our history.

 

ImpalaStone members of staff pose for a picture at DIYSOS BigBuild