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Daleside Retreat renovated for the 2020 season

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In preparation for the start of our 2020 break season today (Monday 10th February), the CHICKS Daleside Retreat in Derbyshire has undergone a bit of a makeover!

During the 2019/20 off-season, when our team of Respite Break Leaders undergo annual training and the retreat is prepared for the season ahead, Daleside has been renovated both inside and out, ready to welcome more than 600 children in 2020.

A dedicated group of staff and volunteers worked hard cleaning, insulating and decorating the retreat, which welcomes 16 young people for the first break this week.

We would also like to give a huge thanks to everyone who bought items from our Amazon Wishlist, which have given the retreat a new injection of colour, and to Alan Brown Surfacing for the fantastic job they did resurfacing the driveway.

Check out the photos from the renovation project below.

Children's bedroom during painting
All the children's bedrooms got a new lick of paint (view larger)

Dawn painting a wall in the dining room
Dawn painting in the dining room (view larger)

Karen painting one of the bedrooms
Karen painting one of the bedrooms (view larger)

Paul installing some insulation
Paul installing some new insulation boards (view larger)

Bedroom with checkered bedding
One of the bedrooms with new checkered bedding (view larger)

Bedroom with elephant bedding
Another bedroom with new elephant bedding (view larger)

Bedroom with patchwork bedding
Another bedroom with new patchwork bedding (view larger)

Planning area in the dining room
The brand new week planner for 2020 (view larger)

Inspirational poster in the dining room
An inspirational poster in the dining room (view larger)

Children's canvases from the arts barn
Canvases produced by previous children on break (view larger)

A striking painting from our wishlist
A striking painting from our wishlist (view larger)

Hot air balloon lantern in the window
Little trinkets make it feel like home (view larger)

Hot air balloon stickers on the wall
The walls have also been decorated with balloons (view larger)

The newly decorated lounge at Daleside
The lounge has received a new lick of paint... (view larger)

The newly decorated lounge at Daleside
...as well as a slight rearrangement (view larger)

The resurfaced driveway
Much of the driveway has been resurfaced (view larger)

The resurfaced driveway
Alan Brown Resurfacing did a fantastic job on the driveway (view larger)

One of the volunteer bedrooms
The staff and volunteer bedrooms have also been redecorated (view larger)

One of the volunteer bedrooms

They feature new wallpaper and bedding (view larger)

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