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Integral and suppliers help out hospice with gift of cold room installation

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People gets larger facilities with donation of supplies and labour

Integral UK’s Refrigeration Division, based in Leicester, have been working with Loughborough based Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, following an enquiry relating to the supply of a new and improved cold room for the Hospice kitchen.

As the East Midlands only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Their team of people help to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, and support parents and siblings through their bereavements and caring for their children.

The Hospice currently cares for over 300 patients across the region with a wide range of support requirements. The Hospice kitchen where fresh food is supplied daily to the patients, families and staff taking into account the special dietary requirements of all. The existing equipment was not suitable for purpose and suffered from reliability problems. The new Cold room would be larger thus giving the Hospice the ability to offer a greater variety of foods enabling to stock an improved range of produce to accommodate the increase in demand.

In April, Integral approved the works to remove the existing cold room and supply and install the new larger cold store as a charitable donation. A team headed up by Integral Project Manager, Nick Gulliver, commenced works to establish the full needs of the Hospice, our design was carried out and a number of suppliers and contractors were engaged in relation to the project and its requirements.

The cold room installation was carried out over the bank holiday weekend, with a team of Integral refrigeration engineers and its trusted supply chain working in their own time to ensure the installation was carried out successfully.

Integral notes that none of the work would have been possible without the support of the entire team who worked on this project, nor would it have been possible without the support of its supply chain who donated a number of key fixtures required to complete the works.

Kate Golding, Head of Giving at Rainbows said, “All of the team really have gone above and beyond anything that we could have dreamed of. The new fridge is amazing and will make such a difference to us. Pete the cook provides all of the meals for the children and families and he is blown away by the generosity of everyone involved, it really will mean that he can concentrate on providing nutritious tasty meals for everyone rather than spending a lot of his time shopping and juggling for space. I know there has been a lot of companies involved in making this happen but a real special thanks to you and everyone at Integral for encouraging everyone to be so generous and to get it all at no cost, well I can’t find the right words to say how grateful we are. It was so generous of you all to give up your time on Saturday, a really big special thanks to you from all of the children, young people, families and staff at Rainbows.”

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