A £100,000 refurbishment to improve the experiences of children being cared for at Little Havens Hospice has been opened – by the youngsters who inspired it.

The theme, “Woodland Fairytale”, gives a firm nod to the original theme of the hospice and its setting and updated the tired interior.

The reception, lounge/dining room, the Woodland Suite (the bereavement bedroom), the corridors, chapel and messy play area were all revamped. All the bedroom names will continue to be named after woodland creatures.

The important project at the hospice in Thundersley was undertaken by Soho-based Loop Interiors, who delivered the work all for free.

Claire Ambrose, head of Loop Charity Committee, said: “Our team of designers gathered as much information and stories as possible from the care team and families to help identify the challenges, but also shape the concepts and solutions to enhance Little Havens as a welcoming, fun and caring environment.

“Everyone involved in this project has fully immersed themselves in the cause and we’ve always kept the children and families at the forefront of every decision. Some of the guys left their ‘desk’ jobs and went back ‘on the tools’ – that’s how inspired the entire team became. We cannot say thank you enough to every company which made this happen, giving their time, materials and expertise for free.”

Ellie Miller, director of care for Havens Hospices, said: “This kind of transformation is something we could only have ever dreamed of because, as a charity, all the money raised goes towards caring for our children. Loop Interiors have been especially sensitive and understanding, taking the time to really get to know us and how we care for children, so the building could be designed around their needs and wishes.

“I’m not sure we can ever thank them enough. The experience for our families will be greatly improved by the care and dedication they have shown throughout.”