Distributor TF Solutions joined forces with Fujitsu General Air Conditioning, along with Pump House and Conex Bänninger >B< MaxiPro, to supply and install a new VRF air conditioning system at The Donna Louise Children’s and Young People's Hospice in Staffordshire.
Taking its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life-limiting condition at the age of 16, The Donna Louise was first registered as a charity in 1999. Fundraising allowed for a community nursing team to be established in 2002 and in August 2003 the doors opened on a purpose-built and fully equipped hospice.
TF Solutions has supported The Donna Louise as its nominated charity over the last 10 years and this project marks the second collaboration with long-term partner Fujitsu to supply and install air conditioning equipment at the hospice, the first being back in 2015.
The new system was installed by The Air Conditioning & Ventilation Company and managing director Simon Dunkley said: “It’s such a pleasure to be able to give time and resource to assist with such a worthy cause. The installation serves a mixture of bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways and offices. Ducted units were used and located in the loft space to allow any service activities to take place in the future, without having to disturb any families occupying quite sensitive areas.”
Jane Jones, head of care at the hospice, said: “This amazing gift has made such a big difference to the children, young people and families. The staff love it too! Many of the children who spend a lot of time in wheelchairs get so warm and uncomfortable. Many suffer from painful muscles and can’t sleep well due to overheating, but not any more.
"We have had such positive comments from parents, all saying what a generous gift this is. The team from TF Solutions and their helpers were so friendly and accommodating and really put the needs of the children and young people first, often changing their plans at short notice. A big thank you to all involved, we really are bowled over by your generosity and support.”
Andy Cherrill, managing director, TF Solutions, said: “Each time we do something to support this fantastic hospice it makes me extremely proud. As before we have called upon others to support TF in making this installation happen and I can’t thank enough Fujitsu, my team here at TF and the very generous group of customers who gave up their time to help.
"Visiting the hospice is always a wonderful experience, meeting the children, families and staff who are always so happy and full of life. Continuing to do anything to make the children more comfortable through challenging times is what TF will endeavour to do.“
Ian Carroll, chief operating officer at Fujitsu, said: “Being a not-for-profit organisation, operating costs are always a primary concern for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, so the highly efficient Airstage VR-II heat recovery system was ideal. This is much more cost effective than an alternative wet heating system. The added cooling benefits will create a perfect comfort level all year round.”
TF Solutions would like to thank all other companies involved for the time given to the project: 316 Building Services Ltd, Active AI, Bailey Air Conditioning, Castle Climate, Climate and Power.