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Vera Lynne Centres Christmas Miracle

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Vera Lynne Centres Christmas Miracle

A little miracle for Christmas at the The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with cerebral palsy. 6 months ago Head of Early Years Alison Stonham mentioned that she would love to be able to brighten up the school with a lick of paint as the school hadn’t been decorated for over 10 years due to the lack of funds. A wave of the pantomime fairies wand and as if by magic the general manager of Dulux Decorating Centre in Ipswich, Barry Church got together a team of volunteers arrived with free paint from the decorating centre.

All the volunteers arrived on the 7th December and employees from Dulux and local self-employed decorators who found out about the project through Dulux Decorator Centre arrived on mass.

It was great to see the team at work

The team consisted of:-

Barry Church – General Manager at Dulux Decorator Centre Ipswich
Andy Thomson – Regional Manager (Dulux)
David Murgatroyd – Technical Manager (Dulux)
Rich Poole – Dulux Norwich - Manager
Dave Bracey – Dulux Colchester - Manager
Rob Carpenter – Prime Colour Decorating Ipswich
Adele Forster – A.Forster Specialist Painting and Decorating
Bob Forster – Another Angle Property Mamagement Ltd

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust is a registered charity which supports kids 0-5yrs with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities and their families from Suffolk and the surrounding areas. They currently support 20 kids and their families and all of our services are provided free of charge. The kids and parents learn everyday living skills together at our school using the principles of conductive education which awakens the senses and helps form new pathways to the brain with active learning.

We don’t receive any statutory funding so rely entirely on voluntary donations from the local community to ensure that we can continue to deliver our vital services.

The decorating project and the partnership with Dulux decorating Centre is very important to the charity and has made a huge difference to the facilities they have at the school. They would never have been able to decorate the school if it hadn’t been for the generosity of this local company and their staff. This pro bono project has enabled the school to have a make-over they would never have been able to afford due to the lack of funds.

It is wonderful how a local company that hadn’t heard about us before have embraced this wonderful local charity and put something back into their community by donating materials and time. All the team have thoroughly enjoyed working on the project and we hope to work together with them in the future.

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust is relatively unknown in the area and they hope to raise more awareness and much needed funds by appealing to other local businesses who may be able to offer their support by way of a donation through staff fundraising or by providing services free of charge which may help the charity to save funds.

Any support the local community can offer is very much appreciated and will ensure they can continue to provide our specialist services now and in the future. It was magic, the faces of the children when they see it on Monday morning will be the reward to a great group of volunteers.
Mike Cooper

Posted by Michael_Cooper
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