Dream colours for charity shop

The Amgen team and their paintwork
The Amgen team and their paintwork

Volunteers have given a new charity shop a colourful make-over with the help of a March-based paint-recycling scheme.

Cambridge Biotechnology firm, Amgen used free paint donated by the March-based Cambridgeshire RePaint initiative run by the Cambridge Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN), to transform premises in 88 High Street, March into a vibrant and uplifting multi-colour dream.

The shop will be the location for Artworks, an expressive arts-based service for people with learning disabilities which is organised and run by Cambridgeshire Mencap.

The service will run every Tuesday and Friday, with additional services becoming available over the coming months. On the last Saturday of each month, the premises will also be home to the charity’s monthly group activities for adults with learning disabilities.

Mencap will officially open the new services at 5pm on Tuesday November 27 with Jan French, Mayor of March, and Ian King, local artist, there to cut the ribbon.

Amgen, global biotechnology pioneer based on the Science Park in Cambridge, has more than 500 staff working in the UK. Dan Waller, their Facilities Manager and Charities Co-ordinator, praised the work of Cambridgeshire Mencap. He said, ‘We have such admiration for the great work you and your colleagues do and the difference you make. The whole team is thrilled that we have been able to help in this small way to furthering your cause’.

Cambridgeshire Mencap, in turn, is hugely grateful to Amgen, to the Repaint initiative and to Fenland District Council who part funded the refurbishment of the premises before the painting took place. To find out more about these organisations, please visit: www.ccorrn.org.uk/ , www.amgen.co.uk/ and www.fenland.gov.uk.

To find out more about how to access Cambridgeshire Mencap’s services or how to volunteer, please contact emma@cambridgeshiremencap.co.uk. To find out more about March Artworks, contact Deborah Matthysz at deb@cambridgeshiremencap.co.uk.