Leading Sheffield roofing firm, Martin-Brooks, has donated its expertise and anniversary cash to help a local charity improve the services it offers to people with learning disabilities.
The roofing specialists have provided WORK Ltd in the Bents Green area of Sheffield with a new workshop roof and a £500 donation from their 25th anniversary charity fund.
Martin-Brooks teamed up with colleagues at E&A Cladding to install a new sheet roof at cost on a former industrial greenhouse at WORK Ltd, which is being converted into a workshop. After seeing firsthand the difference the centre makes to the local community, the firm also decided to provide monetary support.
Gerald Brooks, one of Martin-Brooks’ founding directors, said: “With just a small team of staff and volunteers, WORK Ltd is making a big difference to families in Sheffield. It was a pleasure to not only advise the centre on its energy efficient new roof, but also to contribute to their ongoing success with a donation from our 25th anniversary charity fund.”
WORK Ltd (Worthwhile Occupational and Recreational Krafts) creates opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to develop life skills and build confidence through craft work, catering and horticulture. The centre runs six to eight week projects for groups across the city and sells its goods through an onsite garden centre, craft outlet and coffee shop.
Glynis Philliskirk, joint centre manager at WORK Ltd, said: “We would like to thank Martin-Brooks for donating time, advice and money so willingly to our project. The additional space our new workshop is providing will enable us to help even more vulnerable adults across the city learn new skills and improve their self-esteem.”
To celebrate 25 years in business, Martin-Brooks pledged to raise £25,000 for charity. The firm has already donated almost £8,000 to local causes, including Cavendish Cancer Care, St Vincent’s Furniture Scheme, Sheffield Talking News, The Rowan School, Catcliffe MS Therapy Centre, Amy’s Retreat, Norfolk Park Special School and Sheffield Institute Foundation’s motor neurone research centre.