Every weekend for the last six weeks, our Reading Centre has slowly been transformed from a tired building into a fresh, clean and welcoming place by Valspar Paint.
With a small team of five, Valspar employees have been travelling from across the country in a dedicated commitment to make a massive difference to our work. Having not seen a lick of paint in many years, the walls looked scruffy, with colours that did not support a calming environment for the children. We knew that the building needed some work and expected that it would be no small feat. However, we could never have anticipated the incredible generosity of Valspar, both in time and resources this Autumn.
Working first to address the two play rooms, the team moved onto remove bright yellow gloss in the reception and stairs. Having recently had our kitchen refurbished, Valspar went the extra mile (and some) to help paint the kitchen walls, leaving a fresh minty look. Whilst they were there, they finished our family room, staff kitchen and office!
Undertaking the huge task of redecorating the whole Centre, was co-ordinated by Charlotte King. Charlotte says ‘I am proud to have worked alongside such a dedicated and hardworking team who have given up numerous weekends and free time to help make a difference to such a worthwhile and deserving cause. We are overwhelmed by the transformation of the building and how this will enhance the lives of those who use the facilities’.
The difference is tangible to both staff, parents and children. Knowing that the building has had many hours of careful work undertaken, it is now a place to respect and feel good about working in. The neutral colours helps to ensure information notices and children’s work stands out and quiet, reflective time can be gained more easily for the children.
The team have also been raising money for us, taking part in Manchester’s Rough Runner in October, Inspired by TV shows like Gladiators and Ninja Warrior, taking on huge obstacles and running through mud. In addition to this, they have held bake sales in both their Reading and Sheffield offices, raising a total of £2,000.
We are enormously grateful to Charlotte, Andy, Sarah, Ged and Charlie and will welcome them through our gleaming doors anytime!