Age UK Merton's Mitcham day centre transformed with help of volunteers
Dozens of volunteers have transformed a Mitcham day centre which had not seen a fresh lick of paint since the 80’s.
Volunteers spent two weeks revamping Age UK Merton's centre in London Road by giving it a new paint job, fitted kitchen, new floor and remodelling some of its walls to create a confidential counselling room.
The £15,000 needed to fund the refurbishment was raised with the help of fundraising events and donations.
Age UK Merton will be hosting a party of September 30 to celebrate their achievements and say thank you to its volunteers.
Charmaine Sainsbury, chief executive of the charity, said: "The whole thing was really heart-warming and touching"
Raymond Kinsella, business engagement manager at the Merton Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is an extraordinary success story of a local charity and the local business community working together.
"Your relationships with and support from local business has, in unbelievably quick time, transformed your premises and consequently the services that you can now offer to older people."
The Age UK centre offers services to the older generation including day trips, concerts, emotional support, a foot care service and gardening.
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