Howarth Timber buzzing after South Africa donation

Published:  12 March, 2015

As part of its 175th anniversary celebrations, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has made a significant donation towards the refurbishment of the Busy Bees Nursery in Cape Town.

National property maintenance and refurbishment company Novus Property Solutions undertook a two-week makeover of the nursery in the Parkwood area of the city, and was supported by a £1,750 donation by Howarth Timber.

The nursery is located in the heart of an area that has suffered from problems with crime and gang activity in recent years, and has been left to gradually fall into disrepair. However, Novus sent a team of five specialists out to South Africa to undertake tasks such as painting doors, fixing climbing frames, replacing broken panels and building an extension to the bathroom facilities.

Howarth Timber’s donation allowed the Novus team to buy essential materials from a local builders’ merchant and transform the nursery into a vibrant, colourful and safe environment for the 200 children who learn there.

Neale Brewster, marketing and product development manager at Howarth Timber, said: “This is a fantastic cause to be associated with and we couldn’t be prouder to have played an important role in creating a safer, more appealing environment for the children. We take our role as a responsible business very seriously and look forward to contributing to further causes that have positive impacts on people’s lives.”

Angela Adams, principal of the Busy Bees Nursery, added: “I want to thank everybody at Howarth Timber for its donation to this project. We simply don’t have the money or manpower to be able to carry out the scale of work needed to bring the space up to standard. But the generosity of the people at Howarth Timber means that the children can now learn in a colourful and stimulating environment.”

Howarth Timber has a longstanding commitment to charitable causes and has donated more than £45,000 to its partner charity, Caudwell Children, over the past three years. It has also recently agreed a further one-year exclusive partnership with the charity.

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