EH Smith and friends pitch in to transform Harborne scout hut

Published:  12 March, 2015

When Free Radio breakfast presenters Foxy & Giuliano put out a call that the scout hut in Harborne, Birmingham needed a bit of a makeover, EH Smith - along with some of its loyal customers - jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

The scout hut was described by assistant scout leader Tom Mcardle in his call for help to the radio station as “falling apart” with damp, doors hanging off the cupboards in the kitchen, worn flooring and an unusable sloping piece of ground among its many problems. The building is not only the home of the 293rd St Faith & St Laurence Scouts, it is also a space for the whole community.

Rallying support from customers, including Weatheroak Developments, Chandlerstone and Park Lane Fencing, EH Smith supplied a brand new kitchen, paint, damp proofing materials, fencing and concrete, as well as plenty of volunteers from its Shirley and newly opened Northfield Road branch in Harborne. Many of the scouts who use the hut also came along to help decorate the building.

Darren Moles, sales director at EH Smith, said: “This has been a fantastic experience. We’ve been made to feel very welcome by the Harborne community since we opened five months ago, so this has enabled us to give something back to them, by helping to renovate a building which is an important and much loved hub for local people.

“It has also been great fun working with Foxy & Giuliano and the team at Free Radio with whom we have a long relationship. It was also great having support from some of our customers – as well as Chamberlains, who kept our energy levels up with fish and chips!"

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