Apprentices make a big effort for elderly

PITCHING IN: There was a big turnout of apprentices to paint the Chilton Centre.
PITCHING IN: There was a big turnout of apprentices to paint the Chilton Centre.
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Sudbury care workers have praised young apprentices from Delphi in Newton Road for their hard work in sprucing up a care centre.

Seventeen apprentices from the firm in Newton Road, which is one of Sudbury’s biggest employers, decorated Chilton Day Care Centre.

With money donated from Sudbury Talbot Rotary Club, they spent hours giving the centre a complete makeover.

Run by Age UK Suffolk, the centre provides a meeting place for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Manager Jilly Vince said: “It was a miraculous makeover. They decorated every room, they transformed the garden and tidied up at the end – they were amazing.

“It’s 10 years this month since Delphi apprentices actually made our little garden for the opening of the day centre and it looks better than ever. Thank you doesn’t seem enough.”

Tesco, Ridgeons, B&Q, Homebase and Sudbury Garden Centre all contributed materials.

Jilly added: “We consider ourselves extremely fortunate for the support, generosity and friendship of the local community.”

Rotary club members agreed to give £500 from their charity fund to buy materials needed, having previously donated a seat and some planters in memory of one of their late members, Mike Oglesby, who had used the centre after developing Alzheimer’s.

President Sue Beven said: “We know from Mike’s wife Pennie, who is also a member of Sudbury Talbot, how valuable the respite visits are to both the elderly users and their families.”