Support staff at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will be reunited with their nursing and care colleagues under the same roof after a successful period spent working off site alongside long-term corporate partners Orchard Facilities Management.
The fundraising, finance, HR and marketing teams have spent the past ten months in offices at Independence House.
Developments during this period have included working towards the opening of Grace’s Place in Manchester, which will care for children and families in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. The hospice has also opened its 15th charity shop and appointed the first ever midwife to work in a UK hospice to expand the perinatal team.
Nicola O’Dowd of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We are extremely grateful to Orchard FM and Independence House for their support during such an important time and there is no doubt that their expert advice and outstanding facilities made a huge difference during such a critical period in our journey.
“Orchard’s IT teams have been working with us during this time to put the infrastructure in place to enable our support teams to work together again at Russell House,” she added.
Orchard Facilities Management has been a partner of the hospice since its very early days, even before the opening of Russell House.
Nicola said: “Orchard has supported us in many different ways, not least by helping us minimise our operational costs to make sure as much of our hard-earned budget as possible goes directly to caring for children and families.
“We will continue to work with them and with FM Energy following our move back home so that we can keep our waste, IT and energy overheads as low as possible.”
Gareth Henderson, chairman of Orchard Facilities Management, said: “It has been a huge privilege to have the hospice teams at Independence House during their period of transition and we are pleased to have been able to provide the space and facilities they needed.
“We have worked closely with them to put the systems in place for their return to Russell House and manage their move.”
The 3,500 sq ft of office space at Independence House will be put on the market to let as serviced office space.