Volunteers give March Royal British Legion Club much-needed facelift

COMMUNITY-spirited volunteers stepped in to give March’s Royal British Legion a long-awaited makeover.

Will Rogowski was delivering a leaflet for the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORN) when he noticed the club at Rookswood, in West End, was in a state of disrepair.

“I came back to have a look around and it was clear it hadn’t been decorated for years,” he said.

“So we got together with skills and training provider Seetec, who provided volunteers so we could give the club a facelift.”

The team of five spent two weeks redecorating the premises.

CCORN provided 200 litres of paint but had to mix it to ensure to was the right colour so it was in keeping with the character of the Grade II Listed Building’s.

“Funds were simply not available for redecorating the club and it desperately needed doing,” Royal British Legion Club chairman Mel Fisher said.

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“The officers, committee, members and staff were delighted to be chosen by CCORN as a community project and cannot thank Seetec and their volunteers enough for the wonderful facelift they have given our club.

“They did an excellent job with minimum disruption.”

Steve Toms, mandatory work activity consultant for Seetec in Wisbech, said the project was also important for helping those who volunteered get back into work.

One volunteer called Adam, who was project manager for the redecoration, said: “When I was asked to help the British Legion project I was only too happy. It is a worthy cause but also gave me a chance to do what I know best and learn new skills.”

North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay said: “This is a perfect example of what can be achieved when two organisations committed to helping community groups and charities work together.”

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