Electricity engineers do sparky DIY

SSE Contracting staff spend voluntary day at Hatherleigh Community Centre to carry out a revamp.

A team of electricity engineers soon made light of a long list of DIY jobs after they volunteered to spend a day sprucing up Hatherleigh Community Centre.

The group of seven from SSE Contracting - the trading name of Southern Electric – were there as part of the company’s Community at Heart Scheme, which gives every staff member a day away from the office to do voluntary work for a local organisation or charity.

They arrived first thing in the morning and swept through the centre, varnished all the front window frame, painted the bar area, mended gutters, located a water leak, created drainage to stop the children’s play area from flooding, trimmed the grass, mended indoor seating and tidied the car park, laying a border of stones to keep cars off the grass.

Andy Gilbert, who organised the group, said: “The centre is run by trustees and volunteers so relies on help like this.

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“My wife works there and she mentioned what needed doing, so we decided to spend our voluntary day there.

“It was very enjoyable and especially good to see the centre looking like new again after we’d finished.”

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Chairman of trustees Liz Abell said the team had worked tirelessly through the day to complete a long list of tasks they had prepared.

“The quality of what they achieved was fantastic - the centre is looking much improved as a result of their efforts and this is invaluable to us. Without the volunteers, it would take us a very long time and a lot of money to get many of these jobs done.”

The volunteers who completed the work were Andy Gilbert, Josh Spacagna, Wayne Nixon, Ian Lewis, Adrian Hughes, Adam Holder and Lesley Burnett.

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