CEO Chat #16
As we enter May the weather forecasters predicted a week of showers and grey skies. Thankfully, there was nothing to dull our tea party! We readied ourselves to celebrate deaf awareness week, and thank some of the volunteers who came forward to help us restore and renovate our garden, following centre being damaged in a break-in last year.
The brain behind the garden operation was Jonny Gios, who heads up Give a Day Kendal, a project to inspire individuals and organisations to volunteer time to projects in the community. Last October he gathered together a wonderful team from Gateway Church, PPM Ltd, Travis Perkins, Well Community Kendal and individuals who saw his social media plea for extra helping hands.
Alongside the team above, additional support came from Home Instead South Lakes staff who offered a couple of days to come and plant up the flowerbeds in the front yard, creating a sensory frame to the ramp pathway. Bespoke planters were made by Community Works. The flowers and a sturdy bench were gifted to us by Councillor Helen Ladhams. To assist with the garden works we also received a donation of hand tools from the Kendal B&Q store. LBS Horticulture, who are based in Colne, were swift to offer commercial, heavy duty weed suppressing membrane to ensure an easy to maintain yard in the future.
It was fitting that we invited all those involved to join us for a thank you tea party during deaf awareness week. It was a wonderful day, with the sun shining and we were well catered for by the local caterers Cracking Spread, who really delivered tasty treats for us.
A big thank you to everyone who could join us and to those who were unable to come but did so much to ensure that we have a very special outdoor space, for people, assistance dogs and for the bees and butterflies who enjoy the flowers.