Community effort creates new pool room at the Phoenix Trust
The Phoenix Trust, a Milton-based charity supporting people with learning disabilities, has been given a full-size pool table by COEL, a design and fit-out company.
And it now has a large shed to house the table thanks to a community effort that saw professionals give their time for free.
Neil Cook, COEL’s CEO, spoke to Paul Beamiss from P&A Construction who provided free labour to build the shed.
Martin Taylor at KRB Installations provided free electrical work and Huws Gray Ridgeons Ltd donated materials.
Tradelink Windows and Doors provided a door and A&S Flooring offered to fit and lay the carpet.
Neil also reached out to friends within the Cambridge business community and Cheffins, Carter Jonas, TMJ Interiors, Corporate Architecture, First Intuitions, Dernford, Allia Future Business Centre and Camel Projects (Histon) Ltd all responded with offers of help.
Also, Wager Property Management generously donated a dart board, darts and a surround to help complete the recreational room.
The amount of money raised by the local business community after costs were taken out is more than £4k.
The initial construction work took approximately 10 days and was spurred on with many of the Phoenix Trust co-workers helping with the labour.
Coel's Neil Cook , feels enormously proud of what has been achieved in so short a time as a result of a client returning a pool table.
He said: “This work has been more than provision of a shed for the pool table. The Phoenix Trust co-workers came together to help complete the project; it has involved many of them learning new skills with the potential of further work placements. By working together as a team, we are helping to build community.
"I am proud of all The Phoenix Trust co-workers' contributions and beyond grateful to all in the local business community who donated either by way of offering free labour, materials, or by making financial donations which will help sustain the Trust and allow it to grow and develop.”
To learn more about The Phoenix Trust and how you could get involved visit phoenixtrust.org.