Court Homemakers installs free kitchen for hospice

ONE of the newest businesses to open in Northallerton has already delivered on its promise to help the local community.


Court Homemakers, which opened a new showroom in the former Station House at Low Gates in January, has installed a kitchen free of charge in the new offices of Herriot Hospice Homecare at Thurston Road, Northallerton.


The charity, which provides hospice services throughout Richmondshire and Hambledon,  moved into its new premises at the Omega Business Village in April but didn’t have a kitchen to serve the 18 office-based staff and 50 part-time staff who use the premises in the course of their work.


Herriot Hospice grants administrator Irene Bosomworth, approached Court Homemakers after reading of their opening in the local newspapers. (Note, wording for D&S Times: “. . . .after reading of their opening in the Darlington and Stockton Times.”)


“I was impressed by the offer of the directors to support local community organisations and charities and approached the firm to see if they could help us to install a kitchen for the use of the staff.”


The hospice offices were visited by Court Homemakers’ director Paul Davies, who arranged for a kitchen comprising a sink and base units, wall units, work surfaces and a fridge to be installed.


“The hospice needed a kitchen for the use of staff and we were very pleased to be asked to help out. I contacted some of our suppliers and we received immediate offers of help from PWS, who supplied the unit doors, Plasman who supplied worktops, Franke who provided a sink through Waterline, and Siemens, who donated an integral fridge.”


Irene said: “We receive all our funding from donations and grants and, although we desperately needed a kitchen for the use of staff and visitors to our new offices, other priorities would have would have taken precedence.


“Court Homemakers undertook all the plumbing and electrical work and have provided us with a fully functioning kitchen. We are very grateful for their support.”


Herriot Hospice Homecare helps patients with life-threatening illnesses to live and die at home and, supported by 60 volunteers, offers respite care in the home.


Court Homemakers also recently installed a £13,000 kitchen at no charge for use by adults with physical and learning difficulties who attend the Teesside Ability Support Centre at Acklam Road, Middlesbrough.


The new Northallerton showroom represents an investment of more than £250,000 and it currently features 13 kitchen settings, six bathrooms and bedroom and study areas. Suppliers include Metris, PWS Second Nature, Siemens, AEG, Vitra, Burbridge and Franke.


Court Homemakers showrooms can be visited at Low Gates, Northallerton, tel 01609 779115, or Portrack Lane, Stockton, tel 01642 891010.

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