No Sign of Nick Knowles, but DIY SOS at Westfield Pre-School & Nursery was a great success!

  • 14th June 2016

It was only seven short weeks ago that the first SOS cry was made, for help at Westfield Pre-School and Nursery in Hinckley. The response and end results are truly amazing, restoring faith in community and humanity. The Pre-School wish to thank a number of selfless Hinckley businesses  - the transformations at Westfield are sights to behold!

A.M. Signs produced two fantastic signs that have been erected at the sites sporting the insignia of all the companies that helped achieve the fantastic goals.

Dave Clarke Plumbing carried out the replacement and repairs of plumbing and provided new taps.

Carpet Collection provided a whole array of floor coverings for both buildings, including some new plush carpets that have transformed the schools beautifully.

East Midlands Fencing supplied all the materials for fencing off an outside play area at the Nursery and Progress Windows have been along and replaced all broken panes of glass at both sites, which should generally make the buildings warmer and more secure. Rebecca from Progress said, “We had made the decision to be involved in a community project this year, so when we saw the article in The Hinckley Times we thought Westfield was perfect.”

There were 30 volunteers that turned up at Westfield on Saturday 2nd April, half of the volunteers were from local business Syncreon, including the entire Hoult family; mum, dad and 11 year old Erin all turned up to support the cause. Erin told Neil Turvey from Copyshop who was the Project Manager for the event, “It felt good to help and do something nice for the children”. Erin was very helpful and willing to do whatever jobs were needed. Neil’s two sons, aged 10 and 15, who both used to attend Westfield pre-school were also there on the day to lend a hand. Staff, friends and parents also arrived and picked up a paint brush and got stuck in, everyone’s efforts were tremendous. 

A number of the syncreon volunteers had particular skills that were vital to the project allowing the work to be done to a fantastic level. There were ex-builders and carpenters who made fantastic efforts in putting up a lovely fence to the outside of the nursery. An old bench was transformed also, but the star of the project was Hilvert Scheper, a syncreon employee who had great carpet fitting experience. Hilvert was the only volunteer to return with Neil Turvey the second Saturday to complete the carpeting work. There was more carpet required than first thought and syncreon even donated £250 for the further carpet work to be done. 

Hilvert said, “Thank you very much for my experience last Saturday. I’m relieved that we managed to change the carpet in that large room at last. It was great to have done this together with you.”

Chris’s Fish ‘N’ Chips on Northfield Road provided a free lunch for all the volunteers and George who owns the shop said, “Both of my children have attended Westfield so the food is the least I can do to support the volunteers”.

Emmaus on Stockwell Head donated a lovely Settee to the Pre-School, which is heart warming when a charity is prepared to help someone else in need.

With the face lift complete the buildings should now provide the children, staff and parents several more years of comfort in their newly transformed buildings.

Dave Roberts, who is the Community Centre Manager, who oversees the sites arrived at the sites on Saturday and said, “I am humbled by all that has been done. It truly shows the old meaning and sense of the word community, which is what made me come in to this job 25 years ago.” 

Dave, Melanie King – Nursery Manager, Louise Knight – Pre-School Manager and Neil Turvey – Project Manager wish to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone that helped, donated and gave up their spare time to complete the work at Westfield.

Neil said “It really is amazing what people can and will do to help in the local community. I think the response and results are astounding, the pictures speak for themselves. It really was a great DIY mission and not a sign of Nick Knowles anywhere!”