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Our train’s courtyard has been given new life!

By 22 September 2023October 11th, 2023No Comments
Local businesses stand in group photo in the train's courtyard holding Airedale Charity's 'A' logo.

On Friday 15 September, members of B&Q Keighley volunteered for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity as part of their corporate volunteer scheme. They worked to improve the outdoor courtyard next to the Charity’s Pacer train, The Flying Dalesman – joined by local businesses Aire Valley Decorating, based in Bingley, and Complete House Maintenance, based in Halifax.

A once plain and drab concrete wall is now painted a bright rainbow, and wooden picnic benches have now been installed, perfect for use as lunchtime picnics for families or as activity tables for children.

The team also planted trees and colourful flowers, breathing new life into the train’s surrounding area.

Martin Gadd, Unit Manager at B&Q Keighley, said:

“My team had been looking forward to helping and supporting Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, and have been really excited to get started on the project.

“On the day we had a great time painting, planting & building, with some great help from a our Trade customers, Paul & Ian.

“It’s such a great cause for us to support, and hopefully will generate help to those who need it in the future.”

Paul Gledhill, owner of Aire Valley Decorating, said:

“When B&Q approached me to be part of their volunteering team to transform the outdoor play area at Airedale, I was honoured to be part of it.

“The difference we all made in such a short time was amazing, and the area will hopefully cheer families up who need to use the facilities. Volunteering for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity was a day well spent!”

Ian Maher, owner of Complete House Maintenance, said:

“I really enjoyed working alongside B&Q and Aire Valley Decorating on this project.

“It’s great to give a little bit back to local causes.”

To find out more about fundraising opportunities at Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, email or call the Charity office at 01535 294870.