International Timber supports retreat in Glossop

International Timber supplied roofing battens for an impressive Victorian building in Glossop, named Reuben’s Retreat, which is currently under renovation to help build a sanctuary for families suffering personal loss.

Reuben’s Retreat is a charity that was born in memory of Reuben Michael Graham who tragically passed away aged 23 months. The creation of Reuben’s Retreat was born from the family’s devastating grief and a need to ensure Reuben’s short but precious life helped other families walking a similar path.

The primary goal for the charity is to open a retreat in the North West of England where families who have children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses can take respite breaks and take time to relax, recharge, remember and rebuild.

Reuben’s Retreat also currently offer counselling and support sessions for families from its offices in Ashton-Under-Lyne and Glossop.

The property, set in Glossop parkland, is an incredible Victorian building and is now in Phase 4 of 10, after recently completing Phase 3 on 23rd September.

International Timber played an integral part in Phase 3, where the main building’s roof and external envelope urgently needed repairs. This was a huge and costly project, not only due to the size of the building but because some areas had fallen into quite a state of disrepair. However, International Timber provided beneficial rates for all of the roofing battens, helping bring the project in on budget.

International Timber work with local family-owned company, LJ Roofing, who were chosen as the contractors for the project and work commenced in May 2016.

The charity’s founder, Nicola said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the support for Reuben’s Retreat and we can’t wait to see the property fully renovated.

“International Timber’s generosity was a great benefit to our cause and we’ll be forever grateful for their contribution.”

Now, the charity’s next challenge is to raise the necessary funds to carry out Phases 4 to 10, which comprise of remodelling works to create a holistic, disability friendly well-being facility and four large self-catering apartments - three of which will be fully accessible for wheelchairs, as well as built-in hoists and wet rooms etc. for children with comprehensive physical needs.

International Timber were delighted to play a part in this amazing project and wish the Graham family and the charity the best of luck in the rest of the renovation.