The British Heart Foundation store in Barnsley is set to sport a fresh new look after a colourful paint donation by the town’s Johnstone’s Decorating Centre.


Staff at the Johnstone’s Decorating Centre on Wakefield Road were eager to get involved in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) refurbishment plans and donated more than 750 litres of paint in a range of different colours to help them put a spring back into the step of the store.


The store predominantly sells electrical items and furniture, and provides an important source of income for the charity all year round.


Dawn Charlesworth, BHF’s Barnsley store manager, said: “We are very grateful to Johnstone’s for making this kind paint donation. We’ve had loads of ideas and are really excited to get started and freshen up the store itself, but our first priority will be the back rooms which are always sadly overlooked and are in desperate need of a lick of paint.


“Without this donation, we simply couldn’t afford to carry out a makeover on this scale, which I know will have a big impact on both staff and customers.”


David France, district operations manager for Johnstone’s Decorating Centres, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to support the excellent work that the British Heart Foundation does to raise awareness as well as funding vital research in this area. We’re looking forward to seeing how the staff transform the store in the next few weeks.”  


The store is also getting behind Barnsley FC after the club secured a place in this year’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, which will be held next month at the iconic Wembley stadium.


Johnstone’s Decorating Centre in Barnsley stocks an extensive range of professional quality paint products from leading brands Johnstone’s and Leyland, available in over 16,000 colours, in addition to wallcoverings and a wide selection of decorating tools and accessories.


Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5pm and Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon, Johnstone’s Decorating Centre in Barnsley is located at Unit 3, Juggernaut Trade Centre on Wakefield Road, S71 1NG. For more information call 01226 201801, email or visit