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Childrens’ Hospice benefits from heat recovery VRF

UK: Distributor TF Solutions and Fujitsu General Air Conditioning has led an industry collaboration to provide a VRF air conditioning system at a childrens’ hospice in Staffordshire. 

The two companies worked alongside Pump House and Connex Banninger Maxipro, to supply and install the Fujitsu Airstage VR-II Heat Recovery system at the Donna Louise Childrens’ and Young Peoples’ Hospice in Trentham, Staffordshire.

TF Solutions has been supporting The Donna Louise Hospice as their nominated charity for the last 10 years. This donation is the second occasion that TF Solutions has collaborated with long-term partner Fujitsu to supply and install air conditioning equipment into the hospice – the first being back in 2015.

Taking its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life-limiting condition at the age of sixteen, The Donna Louise Childrens’ Hospice provides care across Staffordshire and Cheshire.  

“The installation serves a mixture of bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways and offices. Ducted units were used and located in the loft space to allow any service activities to take place in the future, without having to disturb any families occupying quite sensitive areas,” said Simon Dunkley, MD of The Air Conditioning & Ventilation Company, the Peterborough-based installer of the system.

Speaking about the system selection, Ian Carroll, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK’s COO said:  

“The adjustable external static pressure on each of the ducted units meant that the air movement through each room could be carefully set to the most appropriate level, creating a noise and draught free environment,” explained Fujitsu’s COO Ian Carroll. “Individual control was provided to each area for complete localisation in terms of environment.”

Operating costs are always a primary concern for the hospice, and Ian Carroll maintains that the Airstage VR-II is much more cost effective than an alternative wet heating system, with the added benefit of cooling.

Jane Jones, head of care at The Donna Louise Hospice said the gift would make a big difference to the children, young people and families. 

“Many of the children who spend a lot of time in wheelchairs get so warm and uncomfortable. Many suffer from painful muscles and can’t sleep well due to overheating, but not anymore,” she said. 

TF Solutions MD Andy Cherrill said he was extremely proud of the support TF and Fujitsu received in making the installation happen and was grateful for the generous support of customers who gave up their time to help, including  316 Building Services Ltd, Active AI, Bailey Air Conditioning, Castle Climate, Climate and Power.

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