Through a contact with an employee from Howdens Joinery Co., the nursery has gained a brand new kitchen.
From a chance email the nursery was added to Howdens' list of charities which they support. One of the firms employees kindly sponsored us and after a few questions we were deemed to have qualified for their help. We were told that they were very busy for the first two months of the year and someone from the design team would be in contact as soon as there was a time. A space occurred on 20 January and the design team made an appointment to look at the site on 12 January. The management team had met prior to this and had decided that there were so many volunteers trying to use the old mess room that it would be better to turn the office portacabin into a kitchen. The door needed to be altered and the steps adjusted to take our disabled access ramp. The Thursday team undertook this work, and some of the Wednesday team arranged to paint the room so that it was clean to take the new units. That was all completed before Howdens' team arrived.
The design team made use of the long wall adjacent to the railway lines to put in a larder unit, then a fridge/freezer, a cupboard unit with a built in combi microwave followed by a hob and oven. A range of base units and work tops was fitted under both windows containing a hand-washing sink, a pot washing sink/drainer and a dishwasher. The Nursery also took the opportunity to upgrade the hot water supply and the electric consumer board while the workmen were on site. The work took four days to complete. At time of writing we are waiting for the electrician to complete the job by installing the new supply to the appliances. We are so grateful to the Howdens team for their generosity in giving us such a wonderful gift. The Nursery volunteers who have seen the work are amazed at what Howdens have done. Thank you seems such a small word to use to thank Howdens for the new kitchen, but it's all we can say. We will celebrate the new kitchen at our open day on 21 May from 10.00am to 4.00pm where refreshments will be served from these new facilities.