Repair Care tackle a project at Leicester Animal Aid!
Leicester based charity, Leicester Animal Aid, undergo a refurbishment to their dog walking premises with the help of Repair Care International.
Leicester Animal Aid
Leicester Animal Aid, founded in the 1950s by Dorothea Farndon, started its life as a site of rescue for stray dogs who were to be put down by local police forces. Over 60 years later, the charity now takes in over 400 cats and dogs a year until a forever home is found. Over this time, and due to limited funding, the exterior of the dog walking station on site was looking tired and in a state of disrepair.
How Repair Care lent a hand to the local charity
Embracing our motto of ‘Repair, not Replace’, the Repair Care UK team tackled the refurbishment over two days, repairing rotten windows, doors and fascia boards, as well providing the building with a new coat of paint. Specialising in products which are used to repair timber, the first port of call for the team were to repair the rotten timber window frames, performing preventative maintenance such as conservation joint repairs, as well repairing lower rails and window sills. The project then moved on to repairing the fascia boards which were rotten and falling apart, and could have been a hazard if left on the building due to falling debris. Over the two days, the team also managed to freshen up the paint on the building, providing the building with a brighter and fresher look overall. Murals were added to the walls featuring pets from the Repair Care team.
Fay Cross, Project Co-Ordinator said: “Organising the Repair Care community project has been a challenge but great fun from start to finish. It’s been really rewarding to be able to get stuck in as a whole team and put our products to use in repairing the dog walking station, and helping out a great charity like Leicester Animal Aid.” After struggling to locate a local charity after our campaign, Fay put forward the Leicester Animal Aid as a suggestion, as she has a personal connection with the charity through her grandparents, who were volunteers for 30 years at the Leicester Animal Aid.