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Crown Paints has a long history of helping charities and community groups to improve their local areas and refurbish their facilities.

This year is no exception, with the Lancashire-based paint giant helping a handful of deserving projects to give their facilities a much-needed lick of paint. As well as donating directly through its network of over 140 Crown Decorating Centres, the company makes donations via Nimtech, a dedicated social enterprise based at Crown’s Darwen manufacturing facility.

Nimtech donated approximated 20 litres of paint to Halton Haven Hospice, a Runcorn-based palliative care facility. The donated paint, in neutral greys and pastel tones, all named after spring flowers such as Primrose and Poppy, allowed the hospice to redecorate 21 of its rooms in January 2018.

Jan Gray, family support team manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said: “We’re very grateful for the donation from Crown Paints, which has allowed us to create a pleasanter environment for our patients and their families. The Crown Paints and Nimtech teams were wonderful to work with, ensuring we received the perfect shades of paint, and arranging for it to be delivered to our door.”

Crown’s Hull plant also donated 300 litres of paint to Middle Child Theatre, an innovative theatre company based in Hull which combines original live music with bold new writing and aims to make theatre accessible to all. Crown Paints was introduced to Middle Child thanks to a mutual involvement with the Goodwin Development Trust.

Middle Child used the donated paint to refurbish Darley’s, the theatre company’s rehearsal and workspace. A team of local volunteers undertook the repainting works, including some volunteers who had helped out as part of Hull 2017. The huge refurbishment included painting eight rooms in the space.

Commenting on the paint donation, Middle Child’s executive director, Mungo Beaumont, said: “We recently held our first event at Darley’s after its spruce up, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive comments on how great the building is looking. I can’t thank Crown Paints enough for all the support the company has given us – it has literally brightened our days!”

The Crown Decorating Centre network was also on hand to give generously: the Carlisle branch, located on Shaddongate, donated a large quantity of paint and sundries to local charity People First, an independent advocacy organisation that supports those with learning difficulties, mental health problems, homelessness, and dementia to make their voices heard.

People First was moving to new premises in the city, and the Carlisle Crown Decorating Centre donated matt paint, fillers, caulk, primers, eggshell and satin paints to help the not-for-profit organisation spruce up its new home.

David Blacklock, chief executive officer at People First Cumbria, said: “We are very happy with our new premises, and thanks to the generosity of the staff at the Carlisle Crown Decorating Centre, we were able to create a pleasant environment for our staff and those we support. 

“As a not-for-profit organisation, donations like this are hugely beneficial, as we can now take the money we would have spent on the decorating materials and put it to great use advocating for people who benefit from our support.”


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