Ikon furniture gives Pudsey a helping hand

Ikon Furniture jumped at the chance to help the DIY SOS team and Pudsey with designer and TV presenter, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to transform a Blackpool-based charity, Blackpool Carers Centre.

ikon-pudseyWith over 30 years experience in the furniture industry, the family run business, based in Manchester, donated a wide range of high quality bespoke furniture including carpets, banquet and soft seating to make Blackpool Carers Centre an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment for young carers.

Kevin Rawcliffe, managing director of Ikon Furniture, said: “The project really appealed to us as it’s a cause that’s close to all our hearts. It was great working with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Nick Knowles, the DIY SOS team and Blackpool Carers Centre during the project.

"It was brilliant to design such a wonderful project together. The aim of the project was to put a smile on the children's faces to make it a fun but safe environment for them. We are extremely happy with the outcome and would like to thank BBC Children In Need for the great opportunity as well as all the other suppliers involved.”

The property, formerly Blenheim House, is owned by Blackpool Carers Centre, a charity which provides support for children and young people with caring responsibilities. The renovation saw the property transformed from a run-down, neglected Victorian house to a fantastic, inspiring, safe and happy place for the young carers and is documented in TV show; DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for BBC Children in Need. Michelle Smith, CEO of Blackpool Carers Centre, added: “We sincerely thank DIY SOS, BBC Children in Need and everyone else that has been involved. We are astonished by the efforts of the team, people who have donated materials and volunteers; the support has been beyond what we could have ever imagined. This renovation will enable us to help improve the lives of more children and young people with caring responsibilities who are in need of our support both now and in the years to come."