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Two of our Technicians have put their skills to good use during lockdown and are hoping the results will brighten the day for Ipswich keyworkers.

Using any materials available, Martin Cribb from the Brickwork department and Robert Ely from the Painting & Decorating department; set to work building planter boxes to be filled with a selection of plants, herbs and quick growing salad leaves to flowers and shrubs.

Now with some easing of the lockdown, the boxes are being distributed to projects around the Ipswich area.

One lucky recipient is the Jack n Jill Preschool in Ipswich which is providing a safe and supportive environment for the young children of local keyworkers. Delighted to receive their planters, the carers and children are excited to get planting. Nursery manager Michelle said: “It’s such a lovely project for our children to be involved in and we are delighted to have received these planters. Not only will it keep little minds, and hands, busy but the finished planters will bring some brightness and cheer for our keyworkers as they collect and drop off their children.”

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Martin turned his hand to building the planter boxes when lockdown kept him home, and when fellow winner Robert heard about the project, he too jumped at the chance to do get involved.

Martin said: “When the country was first put into lockdown I had time on my hands and I was looking for a project to keep busy. With my wife Sarah we hit on the idea to start making these boxes to be distributed as a thank you to our local keyworker community.

“I’ve really enjoyed putting my skills – and stored timber - to good use. It is fantastic to see an end result from our efforts and also knowing that they are going to bring real cheer and smiles to the faces of the recipients.”

In addition to Jack n Jill, planters are being delivered to Felixstowe Road Medical Practice and have also been delivered to the East Anglia’s Children Hospice, The Treehouse in Ipswich.

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