Local conservation charity, Somerset Wildlife Trust, will be able to move to a permanent new home later this month thanks to donations and voluntary help from the community valued at £20,000.
Somerset Wildlife Trust was able to purchase their new offices on Wellington Road, Taunton, thanks to a generous legacy left by a founder member of the charity, but needed help to refurbish the building and make it fit for use. Thanks to the generosity of local suppliers and volunteers, the refurbishment is nearing completion, and the charity is set to move at the end of June.
The move comes at a particularly poignant time for the charity, which celebrates 50 years of nature conservation in Somerset this year.
Somerset Wildlife Trust would like to extend particular thanks to:
- The Wiveliscombe branch of RGB Building Supplies, the Crown Decorators Centre in Taunton and Brewers of Taunton, all of whom donated paint;
- Ideal Standard, who provided sanitary ware for the Trust’s new offices;
- The Taunton branch of Howdens, who provided the units, worktops and sink for the kitchen;
- Arditti Carpets and Les Marsh Carpets, both of whom donated and fitted carpets and flooring free of charge;
- Lloyds Bank, BT and Somerset College, all of whom provided volunteer labour to assist with the refurbishment;
- Viridor Waste (Somerset) Ltd, who removed all the waste generated.
Staff and volunteers from Somerset Wildlife Trust also contributed time and energy to help the project come together.
Director of Resources at Somerset Wildlife Trust, Andrew Davis, says:
“We are most grateful for the generosity of suppliers who have donated a range of fixtures and fittings for our new home in Taunton, including paint, carpets, kitchen units, and sanitary ware. When added to the volunteer labour supplied by Somerset College, BT, Lloyds Bank and Trust staff and volunteers, local suppliers have helped make a contribution worth £20,000 to the refurbishment work.
“We could not have done this without them, and I would like to extend my personal thanks to all who have helped Somerset Wildlife Trust’s dream of finding a permanent home a reality.”