Hodgkinson Builders are rallying the troops in a bid to turn the former changing rooms in the 3aaa Pavilion at Derbyshire County Cricket Club into a room which can host community programmes delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.
The first of these programmes is designed to support and provide advice for those affected by suicide and mental health issues.
The makeover project - which is appealing for local trade’s people to come and help has even attracted support from Craig Phillips of Big Brother fame. The makeover will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July, and the Foundation is calling for those wanting to contribute, help out, supply materials, or even make tea.
Andrew Bowley, Head of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, was recently approached by Mark Boyns of Opening Up and now the team now hopes to roll this project programme out in Derby at the newly-revamped location.
Andrew said: "Ian Hodgkinson was keen to support us by turning the former changing rooms into a standalone centre dedicated to providing help and support to those most in
Ian said: “A few years ago, one of my employees suddenly committed suicide.
It is a challenge when you think that everything is against you. What seems impossible can become possible with access to the right help and support. The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation hopes to provide practical support to people who are affected by this awful situation. In particular young men, as it is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
“We have received fantastic support from Craig Philips, Checkatrade Ambassador, who is set to muck in on day two of the project, and from Checkatrade, who have appealed to its members for hands-on help over the
two day period.”
The makeover will see the two rooms available, turned into one open space
complete with computer terminals, sofas, disabled access and its own toilets.
Once finished, the room will be used to deliver the Opening Up Cricket programme and will also be used for schools for open learning and other