Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Volunteers give Chiltern Centre a makeover

MORE than 120 volunteers helped refurbish the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

MORE than 120 volunteers helped refurbish the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

Staff from Ernst & Young in Reading spent Monday at the centre off Greys Road.

They cleaned, painted and revamped the rooms and provided lamps, duvets and new pictures.

Despite heavy rain in the morning, they also spruced up the garden and installed equipment, including wheelchair-friendly flower troughs.

Coffee and biscuits were also served throughout the day and the volunteers were treated to lunch by the centre.

Organiser Joanne Howse, of Ernst & Young, said: ?This is all about getting out in the community and helping to make a difference.?

San Gunapala, a partner at Ernst and Young, added: ?EY is a big group in the Reading area and it?s important to us to do something in the local environment.

?Joanne and I were keen to do something with children and after some research we decided the Chiltern Centre would be really worthwhile and we could make a big difference.?

Centre manager Keith Manning said the volunteers were ?amazing?. ?It took a lot of planning but so many people turned up and were so motivated,? he said. ?This work will make a big difference and will make the centre look much more homely, fresh and comfortable for everyone who uses it.?

Materials on the day were kindly donated by the Henley branch of Gibbs and Dandy.

* A charity golf day raised more than £4,000 for the Chiltern Centre. A total of 64 players enjoyed an 18-hole round of golf followed by a two-course buffet lunch at Henley Golf Club in Harpsden.

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