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Redrow graduates redecorate LATCH accommodation

Thirteen graduate trainees at national housebuilder Redrow Homes recently spent three days refurbishing accommodation at Cardiff’s University Hospital for the LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity.

LATCH is one of Wales’ leading children’s cancer charities, and provides patients at the Children’s Hospital for Wales and their families with essential medical, social and welfare support.

Although being based in different offices across the UK, the graduates worked together to redecorate the main hallway and seven bedrooms at the Hospital, with all the work completed to a £0 budget. The project forms part of their 15 month graduate training programme with Redrow.

The renovation work of the LATCH accommodation was begun by Redrow graduates last year when they refurbished two living rooms, a bedroom and a boardroom. A brand new kitchen and a separate utility room were also renovated earlier this year.

Graduate Trainee, Dafydd Andrews (Redrow South Wales) was one of the graduates involved in the renovation.

Dafydd said: “This was a challenging but very rewarding project. We only had four weeks from the brief to the completion of the project, which required us to maintain strict time management and detailed planning. A difficult obstacle we had to overcome was ensuring good communication between everyone involved as we were coordinating the work between nine different offices from across the UK. 

“Completing the work to a £0 budget was also a great opportunity to develop our negotiation skills as it required us to approach suppliers and contacts and encourage them to donate their time and products free of charge.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the project.”

Karen Jones, Group HR director said: “Yet again I have been impressed by the work that our graduate trainees have produced. To have kept the project to a £0 budget is a great achievement, especially given the tight deadline they had to meet. This community project is an important part of their training as it gives them the opportunity to develop numerous important professional skills such as teamwork, time management and good communication, and all whilst helping a very worthy charity.

”Our graduate scheme is designed to give our trainees as comprehensive an experience of the company as possible. This is why during the 15 months they are on the scheme, we rotate the trainees around every main department of Redrow including, land, technical, sales, construction and commercial. Undertaking this joint community project is another great way for the graduates to broaden their experiences of the business. ”

Denise Henderson, General Manager of LATCH said: “We are extremely grateful for Redrow’s continuing support. This facility provides a vital service to the children and their families who depend so much on the use of this accommodation. The graduates have done a fantastic job and the redecoration looks brilliant. These improvements will make a huge difference to making the families feel more at home here.”

Redrow would like to thank the following suppliers involved in the project: Ga Décor, High Quality Contracts, Claude Hooper, Blocc, Show Business, Zenith, Road Range Deeside, Mark Lodges, New Tredegar Skips, Mrs Bouquets , Den Smart , Maps Cleaning Services, JJ Lee Flooring, Parkers Merchants, Mears, J2, Adam Bourne Creative Services Ltd.