A local children’s charity’s head office, nursery and gardens have been given a new lease of life thanks to a team of 100 volunteers from global aerospace supply chain services provider Pattonair.
The Marketing Derby Bondholder took part in a week-long DIY SOS-style challenge at Derwent Stepping Stones, which works in partnership with local communities to deliver high-quality and effective services to children and their families.
A team of 100 volunteers from Pattonair spent a week at the charity’s St Mark’s Road nursery carrying out a host of works to transform its facilities and create a stimulating environment that helps to equip local youngsters with vital life skills.
Work included sprucing up its overgrown garden and equipping it with a mud kitchen and bug hotel, bringing to life three classrooms and a staff room with bright and vibrant colours, transforming its patio area into a comfortable and relaxing outdoor space, equipping its stable with a ‘water wall’ and play facility, and turning its rooftop area into an open-air learning space.
The challenge was being backed by fellow Derby company Davlyn Construction, which is providing professional labour and building materials to the project free of charge.
Chloe Fellows, Pattonair’s Head of HR, said: “This was a fantastic project for all our staff to get involved in and we are delighted with the results. The team really bought into what we wanted to achieve.
“Derwent Stepping Stones does such vital work with young people and their families from across our city and as a responsible local employer, it is our duty to put something back into our community and provide our staff with the opportunity to do something which benefits the whole city."
Janet Holland, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “These improvements will make such a huge difference to the development of the children we look after here and also to the staff, who now have an amazing environment to work, play and learn in.”