Company staff transform school in one week

Val Burt, Carmel Parker and Nicola Kerr.
Val Burt, Carmel Parker and Nicola Kerr.

STAFF from a major North Tyneside company raced against the clock to complete a makeover challenge that would make Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen proud.

Thirteen volunteers from the P&G’s (Procter & Gamble) Newcastle Innovation Centre in Longbenton have transformed Forest Hall Primary School in only one week – re-decorating rooms and painting the playground – between them spending more than 270 hours at the school.

A donation of £1,000 was made from the company’s Community Matters Programme to buy the materials and playground toys as well as 12 chairs for the freshly painted meeting room.

Val Burt, leader of the team, said: “We knew it was a big commitment to spend at least three hours at the school every night after work, but the team have been great.”

Headteacher at the school, Carmel Parker, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the results.

“The children will be delighted when they return from the summer holidays to a colourful new playground and toys.”

Through its Community Matters Programme P&G is dedicated to improving the lives of children in the region as part of its global corporate cause Live, Learn and Thrive.