Char­ity cen­tre’s new look thanks to su­per­mar­ket

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Su­per­mar­ket work­ers gave up their time to give a char­ity’s learn­ing cen­tre a new lick of paint and re­dec­o­ra­tion.

Tesco work­ers from the Park Farm store gave up their Fri­days to help Find a Voice re­fur­bish its premises in Beaver Lane in South Ashford. The char­ity uses the premises to help adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and also sup­ports those who are not able to speak to com­mu­ni­cate.

It in­cludes those who may have been born with speech im­ped­i­ments, as well as those who have suf­fered a med­i­cal trauma or con­di­tions such as de­men­tia. The char­ity was awarded a £5,000 grant from Screw­fix to com­plete the work, and Tesco Park Farm man­ager Nick Fox agreed to of­fer a main­te­nance team of vol­un­teers to carry out the re­dec­o­ra­tion work which in­cluded Tommy Knight, Sean Smith, Steve Roach, Jade Far­rin and Marie Rus­sell.

Their ef­forts were com­pleted with a party at the premises, at­tended by Ashford MP Damian Green, who has sup­ported the char­ity for 20 years as a pa­tron.

Find a Voice gen­eral man­ager Deb­bie Bur­den said: “It has made a huge dif­fer­ence. Ev­ery­thing looked so sad and out­dated be­fore but now it looks clean and wel­com­ing.

“We’d like to say a big thankyou for their work.”

To find out more about Find a Voice visit www.fin­d­avoice.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4858357/FM4858359

MP Damian Green with Park Farm Tesco staff who re­dec­o­rated the premises of char­ity Find a Voice and Find a Voice staff Emily Weare and Sarah Young with clients Mal­colm Hock­ley and Char­lotte Red­man

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