It wasn't quite a 60 Minute Makeover, but over just one weekend a team of willing volunteers from Cambria Maintenance Services (South) worked non-stop to transform an empty warehouse into a new depot for Cardiff Foodbank.
Currently providing up to a week's worth of emergency food to 600 people in poverty in the city every month, Cardiff Foodbank has seen the demand for its services grow by 60% in the past year and will move operations from Ely Bridge to its new 3,800 sq ft home in Cardiff Bay Business Park, provided in partnership with UK Steel Enterprise.
To help them do this, volunteers from Cambria Maintenance Services (South) - part of Wales & West Housing Group - transformed 1.7km of sustainable timber donated by Jewson on Ipswich Road in Cardiff into purpose-built shelving for the warehouse. Jewson’s sister brand, Graham, also supported the project by part funding the stock supplied.
Gareth Owens, branch manager of Jewson Cardiff, said: "The Foodbank facility plays such an important role and it was great that the product we provided - timber studs, planed squared edged timber and plywood in addition to nails and screws – really helped in the transformation of the Foodbank’s new warehouse.
“We recognised that, without the help of companies such as ourselves, a facility such as this would not be possible and with this in mind, we were extremely keen to help any way we could.”