Volunteers from global aerospace supply chain services provider Pattonair, lend their DIY skills to a local children’s charity to help transform its building and gardens.

The Derby-based firm has taken part in the DIY SOS-style challenge to help Derwent Stepping Stones, which works in partnership with local communities to deliver high-quality and effective services to children and their families.

It runs family support schemes, youth programmes and a wide range of initiatives to support children, across four sites in Derby.

A team of around 100 volunteers from Pattonair spent a week at the charity’s St Mark’s Road nursery, carrying out a host of works to transform its facilities and create a stimulating environment that helps to equip local youngsters with vital life skills.

Plans included sprucing up its overgrown garden and equipping it with a mud kitchen and bug hotel, bringing to life its two classrooms with bright and vibrant colours, transforming its patio area into a comfortable and relaxing outdoor space, equipping its stable with a ‘water wall’ and play facility, and turning its rooftop area into an open-air learning space.

The challenge was backed by fellow Derby company Davlyn Construction, who provided professional labour and building materials to the project free of charge.

The family-owned firm, based on the Sir Francis Ley Industrial Park, lists JCB and Pendragon among its clients and provides a full range of construction services to the automotive, commercial, education, healthcare and residential sectors.

Wayne Hollinshead, Pattonair’s CEO, said: “As a local company with proud roots here in Derby, we are delighted to be teaming up with Derwent Stepping Stones to help its transform this nursery into a more modern facility which creates an inspiring environment in which the children it works with can learn.

“Stepping Stones does such vital work with young people and their families from across our city and as a responsible local employer, it is our duty to put something back into our community and provide our staff with the opportunity to do something which benefits the city as a whole.”

Janet Holland, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “Derwent Stepping Stones is a charity based in Derby supporting children and families. Our focus is to offer the children outdoor play opportunities in as natural an environment as possible.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Pattonair to develop some of our outdoor space, so children get the best possible outdoor environment to support their learning.”