Ward Skips in to Support Local DIY SOS Big Build for Children in Need

Ward and the DIY SOS team

Metal recycling and waste management specialist, Ward, was proud to support BBC One’s ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ for Children in Need when it came to Risley in September, with the programme airing this November during a week of fundraising.

The award-winning build team created a bespoke children’s counselling and therapy centre for Treetops Hospice with Ward donating skips and wheelie bins to help with waste management.

Every year, the hospice provides over 900 counselling sessions for local children, some as young as 7 years old, who are struggling after the death of a loved one. Currently, all Treetops young people have to access their counselling or support groups in a space originally set up with only adults in mind, with no dedicated child-friendly communal areas or even toilets.

The new Centre will be entirely focused on the children they help, providing a welcome and safe space where they can receive the vital care, support and counselling they need during some of the worst moments of their lives.

The team carried out the work from 11th to 21st September and Ward supported by donating wheelie bins and skips to handle the waste management. This included daily servicing, emptying and collection, free of charge.

Ward and DIY SOS Group photo

Treetops Hospice celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and BBC Children in Need has supported its children’s services for over 10 years. Over this time, their funding has helped hundreds of bereaved children and families with counselling and emotional support while providing crucial training for staff members.

As a local charity, Ward has been a firm supporter of the hospice over the years, with fundraising initiatives including the annual Christmas ‘Treecycling’ scheme, which is already in planning for this year.

Donald Ward, Operations Director at Ward, said: “When we heard that DIY SOS was coming to Derbyshire, we were more than happy to step in and support them with their waste management needs. We know that getting site waste management right is essential on a construction project as ambitious as this, in a very short timeframe. Having local expertise on hand is invaluable.

“We take great pride in supporting local charities and Treetops has always been extremely close to our hearts. We are looking forward to seeing the completed build unveiled and are pleased that we can play our part in making such an important difference to the lives of young people in the local community.”

The project ‘Big Reveal’, hosted by DIY SOS’s Nick Knowles which will air on BBC One, Thursday 16th November at 9pm, during BBC’s Children in Need coverage.