Vauxhall Volunteers Lend a Hand at Luton’s Dell Farm
Employees from Vauxhall this week spent a day volunteering at the beleaguered Dell Farm education center, hoping to give the childhood destination a new lease on life.
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A total of 30 Vauxhall employees and their children were tasked with rejuvenating everything from boys’ dorms and bark pathways, and a hard day’s work saw Dell Farm looking brighter and revitalized. The farm was threatened with closure in March after London Luton Airport Ltd. announced that it would be cutting donations to Luton Culture by £1 million.
Dell Farm was saved from the chopping block after a number of groups voiced their interest in helping keep the facility open at least through next summer. Meanwhile, Active Luton must create a “credible and viable” business plan to keep Dell Farm open into the future.
“We contacted Terry Nicholls, Dell Farm’s manager, when we heard the news and we were flooded with requests to come and help,’ said Cherie Denton, Community Relations Coordinator of Vauxhall Motors. “It was decided that employees bring their children to help and have a fun day on the farm at the same time. Twenty young people came and during the day they had the opportunity to participate in caving, bouldering and farm activities.”
Work completed by the volunteers includes the repainting of three boys’ dormitories, a boot room, and a foyer; the varnishing of a flight of stairs; the clearing of an overgrown wooden area; laying of a bark path; construction of a bug hotel; and laying of a campfire circle.
“We are hugely grateful to the fantastic support from Vauxhall—they have surpassed our expectations and have made a huge difference to the optimism we now feel about the future of Dell Farm Education Centre,” said Helen Barnett, chief executive of Active Luton.
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News Source: Luton Today