Local Newbury company, Ben Heath Beautiful Interiors, working in partnership with Mary Hare School has completed a much-needed makeover of a common room in the boys’ boarding house.
It all began when Ben Heath decided to nominate Mary Hare as their charity of the year. The challenge was to achieve a makeover of the common room used by boys from 11 to 15 years old. The finished design was achieved with the expertise of the Ben Heath team, and with input from the boys themselves.
Funds were raised by Ben Heath including £4000 from Tesco Bags for Help, £1175 from the John Lewis Community Tokens scheme and £285 from the local Waitrose store’s ‘Community Matters’ initiative.
With new flooring, décor and furniture, carefully thought out to appeal to the boys’ taste and requirements, the end result provides a welcoming social space. A colour scheme of muted greys and reds, along with modern furniture and artwork has given the space a contemporary feel. The new space was officially opened on Thursday 25th April.
Peter Gale, Principal, said, ‘we are always struggling to maintain and improve the living environment for our pupils. The surroundings are so important to their development. We really value the support, expertise and skills that Ben Heath Interiors has brought to the project.’
Ben Heath, Director of Ben Heath Interiors said ‘it was a truly collaborative approach. We were very excited about this project.’
The collaborative approach between the company, Mary Hare staff and pupils has resulted in a DIY success!