14-11-2011

Speedy showed its support for local communities this month by providing equipment free of charge to a building project organised by Children in Need.

Speedy donated tools including a 100 kva generator, fuel tank and load cable from its Warrington Multi Service Centre for ‘The Big Build’ which saw the cast of the BBC’s DIY SOS, and a host of local contractors give a much needed makeover to Norris Green Youth Centre in North Liverpool.

The equipment and support services company also provided the services of an electrician to help get the equipment connected on site.

Normally, a project of this size would take up to eight months to complete and would cost approximately £1 million. The DIY SOS team was given the challenge of completing the work within just ten days, relying only on the generosity of local businesses.

The youth centre, in one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool, is open seven days a week and is visited by up to fifty young people every day.

It features facilities such as a band practice area, an art room, a snooker room and sports hall and is seen as one of most effective ways of broadening the ambitions of young people in the local area.

The results of the makeover, which will be revealed on BBC One’s Children in Need night on the 18th November, will make the centre an even more attractive place for young people to spend their time.

Simon Rogers, key account manager from Speedy’s Power division said: “We’re close to the issues that matter in our local community, and when we heard about this building project right on our doorstep, we couldn’t say no. We’re glad we were part of such a worthwhile project.”

Mark Millar, resident builder for DIY SOS, said “What has been achieved here is absolutely incredible and it is all thanks to the companies and individuals who’ve got involved and given so generously. We really couldn’t have done this without them”.

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