Earl Shilton interior designer Sarah Palmer-Granville, who runs SPG Interior Design, drew up the centre designs for free. Sarah started with a few drawings of what the unit could look like and then a 3D model. Sarah said: “What the charity is doing to help disadvantaged children is amazing and I am happy to use my expertise to assist with its success.”
The principal contractor was Simon Appleby from Applebee Contractors in Oadby, who has long been a supporter of the charity, and provided the work at cost price. He said: “It was an interesting project with the zip wire and the giant wooden tree which was laser cut. Our team of three worked from 6am to 8pm. It was good to help them out.”
Nyemachi Atanda from Fast Signs in Leicester provided the outside signage and ‘bus stop’ sign to get the charity’s unit, opposite Zara, noticed. She said: “It was a joy to work on this project for a charity which helps children who easily get forgotten. Nicky Kandola is an awesome person and I pray the charity gets the support it deserves.”
Leicester printing company PrintPrint produced the print graphics for both inside and out. Managing director Rubina Lokat said: “It has been great to get the opportunity to transform this space so children and parents can enjoy it. It represents a celebration of 120 years of the charity’s heritage.”
Designer Molly Mathews, from Leicester-based creative agency Masters Allen, created all the internal and external graphics. Molly said: “I loved working for such a highly-regarded charity and look forward to seeing families enjoying the space”.
The Leicester Children’s Holidays visitor centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.
Leicester Children’s Holidays provides free respite breaks for children who live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and may face difficult circumstances at home. The youngsters may live in a low-income family, have suffered a bereavement, be a child carer looking after a parent or sibling, or need a break for a host of other reasons. The charity has been running since 1898 and has taken 60,000 children on holiday.