This life-altering event has given Ruby’s family a mission to help others and raise awareness and money to help support other young people going through similar experiences, treatments and life changing events.
SMART were happy to build this family a safe space to remember Ruby and look back on their amazing charitable work which is away from the main home where they can focus & reflect.
Ruby’s Live Kindly Live Loudly Fund is a special fund set up with Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group in memory of our daughter Ruby, who died from cancer aged 18. Ruby had been a happy and healthy 17-year-old, halfway through her A levels, when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2019. She endured 10 months of gruelling treatment, but the cancer was too aggressive, and she died in May 2020. Her consultant told us that they haven’t yet figured out a reliable treatment for the type of cancer she had and so we’re raising funds for new research to find better treatments.
We’ve raised over £100,000 so far and have a goal of reaching £500,000 eventually – roughly what the NHS spent trying to save her life.
We fundraise through friends and family doing sponsored events – we’ve had everything from wing walking and skydiving to paddle boarding, open water swimming and even the ‘Tube Challenge’ where you try to get through all 270 London Underground stations in a day. (Ruby would have loved that one – she was a huge fan of the Tube!)
We also have a range of merchandise that we sell featuring Ruby’s motto – Live Kindly Live Loudly. Ruby believed that being kind is the most important thing in the world – and the ‘loudly’ bit is about being brave and standing up for what you believe. Friends and family have created artwork and jewellery featuring her motto and so we sell greeting cards, mugs, tea towels, badges and stickers via our website – www.livekindlyliveloudly.co.uk – with all profits going to her fund with CCLG.
We wanted a separate space for the charity, where we could store all our merchandise and materials – close to the house but a little separate from it. And a nice, peaceful place where we all can sit and remember Ruby. As well as the desk and computer, we have a comfy chair, photos of Ruby and various mementoes. It’s a special place.
We did an online search and really liked the look of the SMART range. The prices seemed competitive, and it had lots of great reviews.
It’s been fantastic – it’s like having an extra, very lovely room in our house that is warm and light. It means our house feels less crowded and we all have someone to retreat to when we want to. We all make use of it; as well as running the charity, all three of us (Ruby’s parents and her younger sister) will spend time there when we want a quiet moment to remember Ruby. And our three cats love it too!
Everyone loves it! It was a dark dank corner of the garden before which we didn’t really use. I can’t tell you how many people have asked about it; how much did it cost, how long did it take to install – and they are always amazed at how reasonable it was and how quickly it went in. In September, we had a party to thank our fundraisers; we had a professional singer who sang some of Ruby’s favourite songs; she used the garden office as her ‘stage’ (see photo) which worked well. It’s completely transformed our garden.
SMART have been absolutely brilliant the whole way through, from the initial quote, site survey, installation of the ground screws, electrical install and the actual office install. The communication was fantastic, and they were completely reliable in terms of everyone showing up when they said they would. The installation process was so quick and easy. I have nothing but praise for the company.
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Everything was clearly explained and we are very happy with our office. We feel we made the right choice picking Smart Garden Offices, many thanks
Excellent service, great team, can highly recommend all aspects of SMART – they do what it says on the tin and the product is superb
“A fantastic experience from start to finish, a wonderful addition to our home! A lovely touch from the electrician; leaving a note to say how you hope we enjoy the office as much as you have enjoyed building it – little details like this just made it a pleasure. Never expected in a million years that it would run so smoothly but it’s been like silk for us. Thank you.”M Gardner, Bradford
“Your guys have done an outstanding job and I am so delighted with the end product. The appearance, finish and size of the Trio is everything I wanted and some more. But there is something else. Your guys Tony and Rob were excellent. Efficient, knowledgable guys who knew what they were doing and who did not waste a second doing it. And they were tidy workers too who were sensitive to the surroundings and neighbours. They were a credit to you and Smart Offices. So this is a big thank you from someone looking at their new office and who is really happy with the result and what Smart have done.”
hursday was a blur but Tony and Arris were fantastic on both days!! The office was gone by 2pm on the Wednesday and back up by 1pm on the Thursday. They just got on with it and made the whole thing stress free so thank you all so much for all your help – I am so very grateful..
Your service was excellent from concept to build; you could not have been more helpful. The build itself was breathtaking in it’s organisation and execution and nothing was too much trouble for your installation team; they were helpful and knowledgeable throughout – even fitting water butts at very short notice for us. When we had a small issue with the door adjustment you went out of your way to get someone to us as soon as possible. I can’t fault your after-care service.
“We were really impressed with the professionalism of the whole process right from the initial site survey and design through to the actual build. There is clearly a Smart solution for virtually any situation and it is great to gain a brand new space which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing! We would certainly have another one if we ever moved house and wanted to create extra room. Tony and Rob’s workmanship was a joy to watch!”
“The team, all of whom have been most pleasant to have around, have now finished and we are absolutely delighted. The building does look ‘smart’ and the whole job has been carried out with maximum efficiency.”
“The office is now part of the furniture and is great. I am 100% glad that I did it and went with you guys.”
“If it means anything (and I’m sure it does) we believe that getting the office (and especially the Trio) rather than fighting inside the house was absolutely the right thing to do.”
“Keith and I are very impressed with Charlie, his installers and his products and recommend Smart Garden offices unhesitatingly”
“The office is fantastic and exceeds expectations.”
“It’s a pleasure doing business with people who do what they say, on time, professionally, and with no fuss. The building is perfect for my needs.”
“We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone.”
“I have worked right through this dreadful winter, and thanks to the brilliant insulation, remained warm and snug using only a small, economic halogen heater. My office is cosier than the house!”
“First of all, I love the new office. May I say what a great job the guys did on the build. Hard working and extremely pleasant, particularly considering the rotten weather yesterday.”
“We’re delighted by our very ‘Smart’ Garden Office. “