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Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice crowned winner in ‘Local Heroes’ makeover competition

  • Compton Hospice wins a free DIY makeover
  • Competition received more than 2,000 votes from the public
  • Makeover to mark launch of new online tradesman service ‘Local Heroes’ in West Midlands

 A Wolverhampton-based charity, Compton Hospice, which has supported patients facing life-limiting illness and their families for more than 30 years, has received a free DIY makeover, courtesy of Local Heroes

The charity was crowned winner of an online competition by Local Heroes to celebrate the launch of its new online service in the West Midlands, which allows customers to find a British Gas-accredited local tradesman to carry out plumbing, electrics, drains and heating jobs in the home.

After 1,188 members of the public voted for the charity, a team of Local Heroes has transformed the hospice’s Quiet Room, a peaceful area where patients can talk to staff in confidence, and where families visiting loved ones can spend the night.

Sue Brown, Clinical Nurse Manager at Compton Hospice, said: “Having small comforts and making our Quiet Room more inviting will mean so much to people at a very challenging time in their lives. 

“We’re thankful to Local Heroes for helping us to create such a warm and relaxing space and look forward to welcoming our patients and their families to the new look room.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Barry Findlay, who attended the unveiling of the new look room, commented: “Today has been full of community spirit. I’d like to thank Local Heroes for doing a great job in transforming the Compton Hospice family room and helping this great charity to continue with its important work in the community.” 

Sarwjit Sambhi, Managing Director of UK Home at British Gas, said: “It was an honour for our team of Local Heroes to carry out a makeover at Compton Hospice and give something back to the community in which we’re now operating. 
“Our new service is about providing homeowners with access to local tradesmen they can trust, knowing that any work undertaken is guaranteed by British Gas for 12 months.”

Local Heroes has gifted DIY vouchers worth £200 to each of the four community organisations which were runners up in the competition, to contribute towards their own room transformations: Cheylesmore Community Centre in Coventry, Daimler Green Community Centre in Coventry, Our Place Community Hub in Sutton Coldfield, and Sandycroft Centre in Redditch. 


Notes to editors

  • Local Heroes is a British Gas innovation 
  • Homeowners in need of an easy way to manage plumbing, electrics, drains and heating problems in the home can find a Local Hero by visiting: 
  • All Local Heroes have been checked using stringent procedures, and for added peace of mind listed tradesmen are fully insured, with any completed work guaranteed by British Gas for 12 months.  
  • The Local Heroes service is currently available in a range of locations including Leeds, York, Brighton, and Croydon and the West Midlands 

For more information contact:

Bieneosa Ebite
Senior PR Manager
British Gas
01784 84 3000

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