THE East London hostel of charity Veterans Aid has had a makeover by award-winning interior designers Oliver Burns.

New Belvedere House, which is home to 55 homeless ex-Servicemen, now boasts a recreation lounge and conservatory.

CEO of Veterans Aid, Dr Hugh Milroy, said: “We were stunned when Oliver Burns offered to fund and redesign these rooms. The word ‘hostel’ is a misnomer, because while people are with us, it is their home.

“We can’t put a price on this transformation, its value is the message it sends to everyone who spends time here that we think they are the same as everyone else – entitled to live in clean, well-designed and pleasant surroundings.”

Oliver Burns founders Joe Burns and Sharon Lillywhite were able to demonstrate that they cared. Joe said: “We wanted to do something special for the charity that touched our hearts by using our design expertise to transform the hostel into a warm and welcoming environment, contributing in a small way to the excellent work of Veterans Aid.”

For more information visit www.veterans-aid.net or www.oliverburns.com/home/

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