Surf’s Up for Bluebell Wood child, Theo.

IMG_3228WCEC Architects in Chesterfield, have built a wheelchair friendly surf shack for eight-year-old Theo Singh-Eyley, who receives respite care from local children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood.

Theo, from Chesterfield, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and feeding problems among other complex medical needs. The wheelchair friendly shack has been built in his garden which will give him space to play with his friends and relax at his home.

Theo, along with his mum, Denise, recently supported WCEC’s 180 mile bike ride from Chesterfield to Haven’s House Children’s Hospice in London which raised over £1,000. After being touched by their family story and as a way to say thank you, a team of 16 staff from WCEC, with support from relatives, B&Q, and engineering firm Mollart Cox, gave a helping hand. Dozens of hours and hard work helped to create the beach themed shack.
Theo's in his new shack

Denise, Theo’s mum, said: “We are overwhelmed by all the amazing people at WCEC; they are polite, kind and we are forever grateful.

“We will be able to make some really special memories in the surf shack – to us this is priceless,” Denise added.

Julie Hampson, corporate fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “Over the last three years, we have received an incredible amount of support from WCEC Architects. Over the partnership they have raised almost £30,000, took part in numerous events and are now working directly with one of our families to help bring the seaside to their back garden.”

“Bluebell Wood relies heavily on local businesses like WCEC to continue our vital work as it costs over £3 million to run the hospice each year and we receive less than 5% statutory government funding.”

DSC04025Jon Godwin, technical director at WCEC Architects, said: “WCEC we’re delighted to help out Theo and his family, we have enjoyed every minute of it and I’m very proud to be part of a great team of volunteers, thanks to Denise for looking after us during the construction works, and we hope Theo has fun in his new Surf shack and much as we have had fun building it.”
WCEC staff have also spent many hours volunteering in the hospice where they see the great work and services the hospice provides to local children with life limiting conditions.

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