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Decorex International is proud to announce its partnership with charity, Design Havens for Heroes – a scheme founded by Francesca Rowan Plowden to provide interior havens for nominated NHS workers working on the front-line during the Covid-19 pandemic. Design Havens for Heroes works with professionals across the interior design sphere to create a space for NHS workers to retreat to after the pandemic subsides and life begins to return to normal.
“I felt as the crisis unfolded there was something I really wanted to do to help in a creative way and with my background it felt the most helpful thing I could do. I have been overwhelmed by the response from suppliers, big and small as well as the interior designers that have come forward to offer their services,” Francesca Rowan Plowden, Design Havens for Heroes Founder
Design Havens for Heroes collaborates with professionals across the interior design sphere to create room transformations for NHS key workers who have been working on the front line during the Covid-19 crisis, and who will undoubtedly need the benefit of rest and calm in their own homes, after dealing with the emotional and physical demands of tackling the pandemic.
Decorex Event Director, Sam Fisher comments: “At Decorex, we believe that interiors have the ability to uplift and empower. It’s important now, more than ever, that our homes are a sanctuary – a place where we feel completely at ease. Unfortunately, a lot of those working on the frontline are not spending as much time in theirs or do not have the budget to create their dream living space.”
“When we heard about Francesca Plowden’s charity initiative Design Haven for Heroes, a partnership felt like a natural fit. We are honoured to be promoting the scheme to help give back to people most in need during these testing times. The response it has received has been extraordinary and is indicative of the positive spirit of the interior design community.”
Calling the design community
As Design Haven for Heroes’ official partner, Decorex have vowed to leverage their position in the industry to raise awareness for this integral scheme.
“With Decorex being such an influential and intrinsic part of the interior design world, I am delighted to have them as partners with Design Havens for Heroes, in helping us support the NHS,” Plowden remarks.
This initiative has been made possible by the generosity of those in the industry; from donating products to volunteering services for free, there has been a real community spirit in launching Design Havens for Heroes. Understanding that the pandemic has impacted various groups of people and industries, we are prompting donators to share only what they can.
Decorex joins forces with several leading brands to lend their support of Design Havens for Heroes including Neptune, Farrow & Ball, De Gournay, Sanderson, Colefax and Fowler, Tom Dixon, The Design Archives and Pooky Lighting – to name a few. Others to come on board include designers Henry Prideaux and Nina Campbell, interior stylist and writer Kate Watson-Smyth and Michelle Ogundehin – ex-editor of Elle Decoration.
“We think interior makeovers are a fantastic way for us to express our gratitude to the NHS staff on the frontline fighting against coronavirus. If we can alleviate even a small amount of stress or worry from these individuals, the creation of this scheme will have been worth it,” comments Fisher.
Contributions and donations
Whether you are a design agency wishing to contribute your time or are a member of the public intending to make a money donation – great or small, all contributions are appreciated. The Design Havens for Heroes website is now up and running, visit designhavensforheroes.org.uk for more details. This will soon include a donation page so that the charity can support small businesses whilst they provide the makeovers in the long-term. For now, all those wishing to donate are urged to send a direct message to Design Havens for Heroes via the Instagram page or via email.
Nominating NHS staff and keyworkers
If you know an NHS staff member or keyworker that would benefit from this integral scheme, follow the simple steps below to have them put forward:
1. Visit the Design Haven for Heroes Instagram page here
2. Tag your nominee in the comments of any of the posts on the Design Havens for Heroes Instagram page or email your nomination to: [email protected]
3. Wait to hear back from Design Havens for Heroes
For further interior design inspiration and practical tips during lockdown, read our blog from Polly Williams at Camberyard Collective: 10 Ways Your Design Brand Can Prepare During Times of Uncertainty