Covid Booth for Bletchley House, Milton Keynes
A collaborative project for Bletchley House, Milton Keynes
This was an absolutely fantastic project to be involved with. It was coming up to Christmas 2020, and the Covid pandemic was gathering momentum in another wave of cases. It was so upsetting to read the news about how care homes, very understandably, had to restrict access and visitors; such a distressing thing for the families involved.
So when we saw the call for trades people to help with a project on Tattenhoe Traders’ Facebook page… we jumped at the opportunity! A care home in Milton Keynes, Bletchley House, was desperate to enable families to still see their loved ones… What could we do to help?
The least we could do was offer our labour free of charge. And it was great to connect with other trades people who then offered to supply the materials free of charge too. This was a genuinely collaborative effort.
How the project progressed
When we initially spoke to the care home, we established that they were desperate for what they called a ‘Covid booth’; a structure that would enable family members to see, and hug, their loved ones safely. It was coming up to Christmas, so you can imagine what a difference this would make during this festive time.
When we’d first visited, we’d immediately spotted visitors standing outside the windows of the home… And boy, was it freezing… So it was a sight that made us all the more determined to ensure a solution was found.
Having pulled together a team of trades people who were also keen to work on the project, we scheduled a time in the diary to get things done. Frustratingly for everyone, however, suspected Covid cases arose just at the wrong moment and the installation date had to be moved twice. In the end, therefore, we all had to be flexible enough to be able to respond with two days’ notice. Which is exactly what happened.
On the day, as a team we worked brilliantly together, for the care home needed the booth to be built ‘free standing’; they wanted it to be maneuverable. Between us, therefore, we ensured the design did not require wall or floor attachments. Bedford Building Plastics Ltd supplied all the required materials. And artist, Joanne Norris of Crazy Fields by Jo, volunteered to paint the new booth and create a lovely welcoming environment for visitors.
As you can see from the photos… it really was a fantastic facility to have pulled together in just one day.
What features did our Covid Booth have?
It was free standing, and so could be moved easily.
It offered secure and dry access to those visiting loved ones in the care home.
It provided a safe and warm space for visitors during the winter.
It had a Covid-secure hug window, where visitors could place their arms into special gloves and then reach across to hug their loved ones.
It was decorated with a gorgeous canvas and wall paintings. And Joanne made sure that it would be possible to remove the canvass in the future and hang it elsewhere in the home when the booth was no longer required.
Going the extra mile for people in need
The Coronavirus pandemic has been a tough experience for many people. We’ve all been touched by it. So, though we all need to continue to make a living, it was a very rewarding experience to have the opportunity to be involved in this project. The Covid booth we built between us has made a big difference to both the people living in Bletchley House Care Home and their families. It’s enabled them to see each other in the warm and dry, and enjoy the power of a hug.
We may be a heating and plumbing company, but when there’s a call for help we don’t see why we can’t put our knowledge and skills to good use in other ways too.
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What Our Customers Say
I’ve used Grand Union 3 times and every time the service is excellent and the price very reasonable. Engineers are very good at letting you know what they are doing and there are no hidden charges. They even managed to do a job at short notice. They work tidily and even followed up with a message to check my heating was still ok the following day. Highly recommend
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It’s not very often that you find a quality tradesperson who is reliable, honest, and competitive on his pricing. Mitch has done a number of jobs in our house, including installing a new boiler, water tank and radiators. All to a brilliant standard. I will happily recommend Mitch and Grand Union Plumbing!
I have called Mitch out twice since moving into our new house a month ago. Both times he has managed to fit in an appointment fairly quickly to resolve our issues. He has been professional and friendly, offering advice on other issues that I have seen. I would definitely recommend his services.
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Definitely recommend these guys. Had a job done by them and they wasted no time to get it done and made sure I was completely happy before any payments. Nowadays companies just want to rush and take your money. Big thumps up
Have used Grand Union twice now. They are very quick to respond to enquiries, reasonably priced, tidy workers and very friendly. I can’t fault them. Definitely my go to guys now for any plumbing needs.
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