Tresham College students thanked after renovating Kettering day care centre

Philip Hollobone with staff and students
Philip Hollobone with staff and students

Students from Tresham College’s construction courses have been thanked for their hard work and professionalism while renovating a local day care facility for the elderly in Kettering.

Today (Friday) students met staff and MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone after their efforts which helped the local community.

Over the summer, centre organiser for the Age UK Four Seasons Lifetime Centre in Kettering Lee Price contacted Tresham’s construction department to discuss the possibility of students renovating the centre as part of a ‘live’ project. Craig Love, deputy head of school for construction, was happy to help and worked with Lee alongside the Kettering Rotary Club to begin work in September.

The Kettering Rotary Club funded the project and sourced the materials at significantly discounted prices or for free with Travis Perkins, Johnstone’s Paints and Gibbs & Dandy for students to use.

The project involved carpentry students having to remove wood work and plaster, plastering students had to prepare and re-plaster the room before painting and decorating students could then decorate the main hall.

Mr Price said: “Thank you to Tresham and the Rotary Club.

“What was initially a chat with Craig Love to the support of the Rotary Club we are truly grateful.

“Students have worked so hard and they have always been professional and courteous to staff and the centres visitors. Well done.”

Mr Hollobone said: “We are very lucky to have Tresham College students and staff for what they do in the local area.

“Students have renovated the centre as part of their course which has been an excellent way of practically helping the local community.”

Mr Love said: “This project has been perfect for our students to complete.

“They were able to work together and with external clients which is great experience for them to use in progression to work or in their current employment as apprentices.

“Without our students willingness and diligence we wouldn’t have been able to help with the centre.

“But they have really shown how they can help with the local community and I hope to see more projects like this in the future.”

President of Kettering Rotary Club Malcolm Bithray said: “The Rotary club has been delighted to be involved in this project.

“The work has been superb and Tresham should be commended for their hard work.”