BUILDING work to refurbish Naomi House children’s hospice is moving ahead at lightning pace.

Volunteers have been working alongside professional companies to remove 31 tonnes of |material from the hospice, which has been sent to be sold or recycled.

The volunteers’ efforts have saved the charity in the region of £15,000.

The money saved will be put back into the Caterpillar Appeal.

The appeal was set up to fund the redevelopment of the hospice’s interior, including new communal areas and improved family accommodation.

Andy Barnett, maintenance manager at the hospice, said: “We are delighted to have been able to kick-start the refurbishment of Naomi House in such a sustainable manner.

“Of course, without the help of our volunteers, we would not have been able to sort through so much waste and we certainly couldn’t have saved so much money.”