As part of our commitment to doing social good, we have donated over £1,000 worth of building materials to BBC show DIY SOS as they refurbish a young carers centre in Blackpool.
We gave large amounts of plywood worth £1,263 to help renovate the building as part of DIY SOS’ Children in Need special.
The project transformed Blenheim House – now called Beaverbrooks House – from a run-down, neglected Victorian home to a fun, safe environment providing out-of-school respite, training activities and support for young carers.
An army of 250 volunteers including bricklayers, plasterers, gardeners and even tea-makers worked on the BBC’s most ambitious project to date and it was a huge success.
The donation comes less than a year after we contributed to the DIY SOS Veterans Special in September, which saw a row of houses transformed into a community for ex-service personnel.
Anita Harrison-Carroll, Director of Sovini Trade Supplies, said: “It’s a great honour to be able to contribute to another DIY SOS project, and knowing that we’ve improved the lives of young carers is incredible.
“Social good is at the heart of our organisation, and we are constantly looking for ways that we can give back to the communities we work in.”
Michelle Smith, CEO of Blackpool Carers Centre, said: “We are astonished by the efforts of the team, people who have donated materials and volunteers – the support has been beyond what we could have ever imagined.
“This renovation will enable us to help improve the lives of more children and young people with caring responsibilities who are in need of our support both now and in the years to come.”