06 Jun Call to Action. Epic BIG BUILD project, Christopher’s hospice
The One Day Big Build is finally here!
On Friday, the team from Fusion arrived on site at leading children’s hospice Christopher’s Shooting Star Chase. The project? To create a life-enhancing oasis for the children and families at the hospice in one day.
This epic project has been long awaited by the staff and families at Christopher’s: Transforming a barren piece of grassland, to a fully-wheelchair accessible magical recreation area for the children.
At 8.30am, theory leapt into reality and a flurry of activity began. The team from children’s rugby charity Wooden Spoon came together with volunteers from Christopher’s hospice to take on this huge challenge; under the guidance of seven ex-military mentors from Fusion. The day of ‘DIY-SOS’ was underway… and just eight hours later, the results were amazing, and surpassed expectation! The biggest challenge was building the 50-metre long decked walkway which curved through the recreation area, flanked by colourful sensory tunnels and kitchen garden planters, and complete with wonky playhouse and outside ‘classroom area’.
The Wooden Spoon team, and volunteers from the hospice were delighted with their achievements, not surprisingly, as this incredible project was completed in just one day.
For each person involved – the team at Wooden Spoon, Fusion facilitators, and the staff and families at Shooting Star Chase, this has undoubtedly left a lasting imprint.
“From our initial introduction to Fusion Community Initiatives we have been impressed by their professionalism. Their organisation, planning and attention to detail has ensured that our garden project to create three separate outdoor play/sensory areas was completed on target and with minimal disruption to the hospice services. The team were respectful to the sensitive needs of the environment they were working in and showed compassion and understanding to the children and their families, encouraging them to observe what was happening in the garden and where appropriate participate in the project. Their management of the external project delivery team on the final day was encouraging, supportive and patient and this ensured that everyone worked as a team to reach our objective. We now have an Outdoor Classroom, a Wonky Playhouse and an amazing Sensory Walkway for the children and families to enjoy when they come to stay at Christopher’s, this will add to the opportunities available for play and memory making. Thank you Fusion Community Initiatives from everyone at Christopher’s Children’s Hospice. We can happily recommend Fusion Community Initiatives for your next team building or community project”.
Geraldine Sheedy, Head of Care CHR, Christopher’s Shooting Star Chase Hospice
To be part of the team that in one day delivered the wonderful playground to the children at Christopher’s is something really special. Add to that the ‘spice’ of being under the watchful eye of the Fusion team and their exacting military standards and it makes for a truly unique experience. For over 30 years Wooden Spoon has been transforming the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby; this is however as close as we have come to the installation of such a project. On behalf of the Wooden Spoon volunteers I would like to thank Fusion for helping us deliver this wonderful project that will help to brighten the lives children and their families at Christopher’s for many years to come.’
Jai Purewal, Director of Rugby & Community Investment, Wooden Spoon