Norfolk charity celebrating after DIY SOS success

An army of workers from RG Carter supporting the DIY SOS at the NANSA family centre on Woodcock Road

An army of workers from RG Carter supporting the DIY SOS at the NANSA family centre on Woodcock Road, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Disabled children and their parents today have a fresh and fun new family centre to enjoy following the sort of ambitious transformation normally reserved for Nick Knowles and his team on the hit BBC1 show DIY SOS.

But while Mr Knowles and his trusted team of builders might not have been anywhere to be seen the end results at NANSA's Family Centre in Norwich following the charity's first SOS Weekend were just as impressive.

Children with disabilities and their families will benefit from the centre's refurbishment which has provided safer accessibility between rooms with an internal makeover which has helped create a fun, enjoyable and positive environment.

The centre on Woodcock Road, which was last painted several years ago, was given a new lease of life in just 48 hours thanks to the efforts of a team of tradesmen from a number of companies, including RG Carter, who worked all weekend to make the revamp happen.

Colin Lang MBE, chief executive of NANSA, said the transformation was only made possible because of the generosity of others, and thanked everyone involved.

He said: 'We're very grateful for the help. We're pleased the community has come together in order to do something that we wouldn't have been able to do. We couldn't have done it...we can't afford money on decorating.'

As well as RG Carter other firms involved in the transformation included, Kingsley Healthcare, Loveless Cook Blinds, Bluespace, AECOM and One Stop Shop with the Woodcock Road store donating their winnings from a crumpet sales competition providing a huge range of paint from Valspar.

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Mr Lang added: 'We never imagined the response we would have from both local and national businesses coming to our aid for our SOS weekend to happen. 'I would just like to say on behalf of all the children, families and staff who use the centre on a daily bases a massive thank you for this support.'

Francesca Bond, NANSA children and family services team leader, said: 'This project is going to make such a difference to the children and families who come to the centre for sessions and support. It is overwhelming and extremely humbling to have so much help from local businesses.'

NANSA is a local charity that was founded in 1954 by families of children with cerebral palsy in Norfolk due to lack of services.

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