An appeal to refurbish Kettering General Hospital’s staff recreation hall has been supported by a local company.
RF Blount Plumbing Heating and Electrical, of Kettering, has fitted a new heating and cooling system in the Recreation Hall at a discounted rate saving the hospital’s Revive the Rec Hall Appeal several thousand pounds.
The Revive the Rec Hall Appeal aims to raise £145,000 to renovate the hall – which is more than 50 years old – for the benefit of staff and the local community.
It is being organised by a team of volunteers from both the hospital and its supporters in the local community.
RF Blount’s Managing Director, Nick Blount, said: “I was approached by one of the Revive the Rec Hall Appeal’s organisers, Shirley Newman, who I went to school with.
“When I saw what the appeal was trying to do I very much supported it. I have personally been involved in using the Rec Hall since the 1970s and was fully aware it needed a lot of work to bring it up to date.
“This is our 70th year as a business in Kettering and I thought it would be appropriate for us to do our bit to help the Appeal and improve this facility for the benefit of both the local community and the staff at Kettering General Hospital.”
The work took a couple of weeks and was timed to coincide with various other works which included a new ceiling being put in place by local firm Cubex Contracts. It enables the Hall@KGH (the new name for the Recreation Hall) to have warm heating during the Winter months and air conditioning during the summer.
One of the appeal organisers, and KGH staff member, Fiona Barber, said: “This was a fantastic gesture of support by Nick Blount and his team.
“It has saved us several thousand pounds and Nick didn’t even ask to be paid until we were able to afford it – which enabled us to get a lot of work all done at the same time.
“It has helped us to transform the Rec Hall by providing heating and cooling which makes it a much more comfortable and attractive place to have meetings of all kinds.
“What we had before – several old electrical heating bars attached the ceiling – really didn’t do much to take away the chill during the Winter and were expensive to run.
“This has really helped us to bring the Hall@KGH up to 21st Century standards. It means we are now using the hall virtually every day in one way or another and I expect its popularity to continue to increase.”
If anyone wants to get involved in supporting the appeal they can contact Fiona Barber at Fiona.email@example.com
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