Volunteers help brighten Ascot school
Published: 1 Sep 2013 12:300 comments
St Francis Pre-School in South Ascot were delighted when seven local British Gas staff offered to help re-paint the school as part of their team bonding on August 19 and 20.
The workers, alongside headteacher Kathy Palmer, plus parent-teacher chairwoman Rosché Collyer and treasurer Kirsty Mingoia, painted the main classroom and outside play area and steps, including treating the covered timber frame and picket fence to make them weather proof.
Mrs Mingoia said: "They've done an absolutely smashing job, it's superb - we're very, very grateful, They've been so, so kind and it's been a joy to have them.
"It was a massive job and I don't know how they finished it in time - they even surprised us by buying us a shed to keep our sports equipment in. We're very lucky and the children will be so excited to see it all."
As a registered charity, St Francis's relies on the kindness of local businesses for its maintenance work, which allows the pre-school to pour its resources into equipment and activities for the pupils. Plans are already in place for weekly visitors next term to talk to the children on different themes in the revamped outdoor play area.
Another surprise awaiting the children when they return in September is new toilets. The money for these was raised from the school's summer fair, to which local businesses offered donations.
Mrs Mingoia added: "It all looks beautiful - we can't wait to show it off!"