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15/09/2011: Carlisle hospice gets an electrifying makeover

A team of creative sparks from Electricity North West have helped to transform a building at the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle by volunteering to paint a colourful mural for patients.

The 17 artistic volunteers from the company, which owns and operates the North West’s local power grid, swapped their usual tools for paintbrushes to brighten the Hospice’s storage cabin with an eye catching mural, designed by the patients.

The paint and materials for the volunteers was donated by Johnstone’s Leyland Decorating Centre from their Currock Road store in the city.

The project was the idea of Electricity North West employee Steve Ross, who is based in the company’s Carlisle office, whose wife volunteers at the Hospice.

The couple noticed that the view from the children’s ward was of a rundown portacabin, used for storage, and after deciding it needed a major face lift, recruited colleagues to help brighten its exterior.

Colin Powell, head of fundraising at the Eden Valley Hospice, said: “The portacabin has been in need of a makeover for a number of years now but we simply have not had the time or the manpower to do anything about it.

“It’s the first thing that people see as they enter the Hospice car park and it takes up the view from the children’s ward so we wanted it to be as bright and cheerful as possible.

“We had an art workshop where the children designed the mural, which is inspired by a springtime garden, with brightly coloured flowers and insects. We are very grateful to the team from Electricity North West who gave up their time to help.”

Located on the south side of Carlisle, The Eden Valley Hospice provides specialist care for people with incurable or life limiting illnesses, enabling them and their carers to live life as fully and independently as possible.

Alex Moore one of the volunteers and Head of Communications at Electricity North West, said: “We actively encourage our employees to get involved in community projects throughout the North West and are happy to put the time and effort in to help local causes. 

“We are pleased with the work we did at the Hospice and we hope that it has a lasting impact on everyone that stays there and visits regularly.”

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