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Painting is child’s play for UK Power Networks volunteers

Finance staff swapped their spreadsheets and calculators for dust sheets and paintbrushes to decorate a children’s play centre.

From Press releases - 13 March 2014 12:00 AM

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Finance staff swapped their spreadsheets and calculators for dust sheets and paintbrushes to decorate a children’s play centre.

The team from UK Power Networks gave up two days of their time this week (March 11 and 12) to help the Springboard Project get one step closer to opening their new base in Crawley.

The charity provides specialist play centres for disabled children in the evenings and at weekends. They are also used by the wider community during the day.

The UK Power Networks finance staff are based at Energy House in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley. They were also helped by staff on the company’s graduate training programme.

So far the Springboard Project has three centres across Sussex. They are aiming to open the new Crawley base at the end of next month and getting the rooms painted is a major step towards completion of the project.

Su Parrish, from Springboard, said: “It’s really exciting to have all this help from a wonderful team of people. It has made a huge difference.

“Until they turned up it was very drab and dreary. Every room needed painting – it’s like someone waved a magic wand!”

Nital Vadgama, an assistant accountant for the company, organised the volunteering days with her colleague Natalie Davies. They are supported by their employer, UK Power Networks, which gives staff two days of paid work time a year to contribute to local community projects.

Nital said: “This project appealed to us as it means we are contributing to the local community and participating in helping create a fun, safe place for children to socialise.”

She and Natalie were joined by colleagues Andrew Ho, Ian Cumming, Thomas Barbary-Nailen and Nick Hutson.

The Springboard Project was founded 20 years ago with the simple philosophy of providing ‘inclusive and accessible’ play centres, primarily for disabled children but to also encourage use from the rest of the local community.

The newest centre, which is in Stagelands, Langley Green, is based in a former doctor’s surgery. The team’s job was to paint all the rooms to get them ready for specialist play equipment before the official opening at the end of next month.