Caparo Industries Plc was delighted to recently offer support to KIDS, the national charity for disabled children and young people up to the age of 25. The business provided its Stourbridge branch, the Orchard Centre, funding and project management support in order to completely overhaul its outdoor space.
Caparo Industries is a diversified manufacturer of engineered and steel products with multiple sites across the West Midlands. The business has long standing relationships with a number of educational and charitable organisations in the region (such as the University of Wolverhampton and the RSA Academy in Tipton) and has always aimed to support causes, which further children’s health, education and welfare. Consequently, when locally based branch of charity KIDS, the Orchard Centre, contacted Caparo in October with a request for support with a garden improvement project, the company was delighted to respond.
The Orchard Centre, based in Lye, delivers direct support to disabled children, young people and their families at their homes as well as at the centre itself. It provides social opportunities, one-to-one support with life skills and independent travel as well as group activities. The centre had a garden, which was under-utilised due to old equipment, uneven and slippery surfaces and insecure boundaries. It was very much the desire of the local team that this be refurbished in order for the centre to be able to make use of it.
With Caparo's financial assistance and the help of the Princes Trust, M B Chinn Civil Engineers and Travis Perkins, not only the fence but the entire garden was completely transformed in just a few short weeks. It was all fully landscaped, creating two “rooms” – one even surfaced section for the younger children to enjoy and play in, and the other for the older kids, complete with a play house and a miniature vegetable patch.
The centre's new garden was officially unveiled in front of friends, families, supporters and other guests on 28th November 2014.
Leannon Ford, Centre Coordinator at The Orchard Centre, KIDS said: "We are very grateful to the immediate support that Caparo was able to offer us with this project. The new garden is a fantastic addition to our facilities and although it is winter, it is already benefitting all our children and their relatives. We can’t wait for the warmer months when we will be able to spend more time outdoors and really make the most of every little corner."
Douglas Dawson, Chief Operating Officer of Caparo, added: "It is a true joy to see our assistance with the project make such a huge difference to children’s lives. I would like to commend all the volunteers from the Princes Trust that worked with such dedication and perseverance on this garden; to M Chinn Civil Engineers for the excellent building work throughout and to Travis Perkins for helping with landscaping materials. We hope that local children and young people will be able to enjoy this garden for many years to come."