Solicitors help give centre a make over

Gordon Brown's Daniel Hall, Wendy Peffers, Charlotte Munroe and Sophie Gray (stood on ladder) decorate the Linskill Centre activity room.
Gordon Brown's Daniel Hall, Wendy Peffers, Charlotte Munroe and Sophie Gray (stood on ladder) decorate the Linskill Centre activity room.
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A key centre helping disabled people has a fresh new look thanks to a group of solicitors.

A team of five solicitors and support staff at Gordon Brown Law Firm swapped their office attire for overalls and paint brushes as they gave their time to help the Percy Foundation.

The foundation’s activity room at the Linskill Centre in North Shields provides facilities and services for recreation, training and learning for people with disabilities.

The room – used specifically for integrated therapies, such as speech, language and physiotherapy – has been on the waiting list for restoration for a number of months and has finally been treated to rejuvenation.

Sandra Cockburn, acting project manager at The Linskill Centre said: “Our ambition is to have a purpose built centre for people with multiple disabilities, but with limited funds for redecoration we rely heavily on volunteers to help support our services.

“The demand for the services we offer here continues to increase as more and more people get to know what we do.

“With the ongoing redecoration the facilities have become more aesthetically and functionally pleasing, presenting us with further opportunities to service the local community.”

Changes to the activity room have been carefully considered for people with autism.

As a result the walls have been transformed using soft green paint and new flooring will be laid.

Deb Tweedy, HR manager for Gordon Brown Law Firm, said: “When it comes to supporting charities it’s often overlooked that giving time is equally as valuable to organisation’s as money can be.”

“It’s not always about fundraising – sometimes getting your hands dirty is all it takes, knowing that the end result is going to benefit so many people.”