Big-hearted volunteers helped transform the outdoors area of a Hucknall retirement home with timber donated by a local firm.
Residents at Herbert Buzzard Court, Hankin Street, asked the court’s manager Debra Mundle to improve the garden and she embarked on a letter-writing campaign to enlist support for the project.
She was rewarded with a donation of materials worth £300 from Wood Lane Timber Merchants in Hucknall, and the building work was carried out for free by members of staff from Tesco last month.
Debra said: “I wrote to a lot of big DIY firms - but only Wood Lane responded.
“Everybody is so grateful for their contribution - it has been a really positive outcome here. It does build your confidence in people!
“I needed a joiner and I heard about Tesco’s community scheme. They put an advert in the staffroom and one of the staff - who was a qualified joiner - volunteered.
“He came down with two other colleagues and they put down the decking.
“They also stained the timber, pulled the shrubs up and prepared the ground - they were really good.”
Help from the superstore didn’t stop there as three more volunteers pitched in to help redecorate the living room and kitchen of resident Rose Culley.
In all the volunteers worked for five days on the decking and the redecoration project.
Tesco also donated prizes for bingo and a raffle at the court’s Macmillan fundraising morning on Saturday September 26. The event raised £500.
The court comprises 29 flats with 36 residents aged from 55 to 99 and is run by Housing and Care 21.
It was opened on September 26 1976 by Comnmander Phillip Franklin and initially owned by the Royal British Legion.