Charity work sits very well with us

11 October 2021 • Community

When we think of charity we often think of cake bakes, coffee mornings and sponsored events to raise funds for a good cause.

Our people at The Cambridge do a fair bit of that but they also like to don coveralls or roll up their sleeves to get stuck in with some manual work, that often results in facilities that money simply couldn’t buy.

That’s exactly what happened when our people helped the local YMCA Trinity Group turn a donation of wooden pallets into some much-needed garden furniture.

Our facilities team repurposed the pallets into three coffee tables and six two-seater benches, and painted them to create eye-catching furniture to give residents the means to sit out in the fresh air and enjoy some relaxation time.

“It was a great project to get stuck into, even though it took a bit of time to get the concept right,” said Facilities Manager, Matthew Parish.

“Paul Crossley from our IT team came up with the design concept, which teams of five put together, with people sanding, finishing and painting the furniture to protect and make it fit for purpose. We wanted to ensure they were safe and comfortable, as well as attractive.

“It’s great to get together with people from other teams, who we may never ordinarily meet or get to know, and especially rewarding to know that the time we gave was so well received. We got a tremendous buzz out of it.

“We didn’t start out knowing we had the ability to do this, but we learned by buddying up and were really proud of the end result, as well as knowing we made a difference to people’s lives. It was such a win-win all round.”

The project took a number of days but the resulting furniture was both unique and useful.

“We really appreciated what The Cambridge team did for us,” said Amanda Pauling, Accommodation Director at YMCA.

“They turned the pallets into something our residents can truly enjoy. They did a really professional job.”

Next, hear from Gemma Stevenson-Ball, one of the team who picked up a brush for the first time and helped paint the furniture here.