New bespoke matting makes an entrance for Glossop charity retreat

A new bespoke entrance carpet design should now help to bring a smile to the faces of patients and visitors at Reuben’s Retreat in Glossop, a charity which provides a haven for children with severe life threatening conditions.

Heckmondwike FB, the fibre bonded carpet manufacturer, kindly donated the bespoke entrance area mat after the company was approached by local flooring contractor Manchester Flooring, which is carrying out some of the refurbishment work at the retreat. The company was aware that the design team at Heckmondwike FB can incorporate any logo or image into the design of its entrance mat products.

The personalised entrance mat, which was manufactured in Heckmondwike FB’s Diamond range and features the charity’s name and logo in an eye-catching design, will be used for the welcome porch of The Lodge at Reuben’s. The new Lodge at Reuben’s will be used as a support centre and to provide bereavement counselling.

Sharni Verity, Marketing Manager at Heckmondwike FB, said: “This is a fantastic charity that does some amazing work for children and their families at a terribly distressing time of their lives.  We were delighted to be able to help and, as our Diamond carpet range is extremely robust, it will serve them well for years to come.”

The Lodge at Reuben’s will open in August this year, and is stage one of an eight phase renovation project, which will see an old cottage hospital transformed into a place to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild for families coping with the bereavement or illness of a child.

Nicola Graham, founder of Reuben’s Retreat, said: “We had an idea that we wanted the charity’s name and branding to be within the entrance area, so people knew immediately that they were in a warm, caring environment.  We are so pleased with the result and would like to thank Heckmondwike FB for doing such a great job!”

Nicola added: “I do believe that everybody has something to bring to Reuben’s Retreat.” 

Heckmondwike FB’s versatile Diamond entrance mat provides a 100% polypropylene cobbled effect surface which will not ravel or fray, ensuring entrance areas look inviting for years to come without high maintenance costs.

Reuben’s Retreat was founded by Mike and Nicola Graham in 2012, after their son Reuben passed away from an atypical terratoid rhabdoid tumour, aged 23 months. The charity purchased a 21 bedroom property encased in 1.63 acres in 2014, and is currently in the process of raising funds to renovate the building so that it is fit for purpose.  Reuben’s Retreat was founded to create a retreat for children with severe life threatening or limiting illness and their relatives, as well as families that have been bereaved of a child.