Staff from AQA’s IT team spent a day volunteering at a primary school to help them re-build their playground equipment.
The team assembled at Parochial Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne and immediately set to work on the much-loved wooden train. It had fallen into disrepair and was in need of some tender loving care. Undeterred by the Manchester rain, they sanded down the train and, five layers of paint later, it was back to its former glory.
The team also spruced up the HMS Parochial, the playground wooden boat, as well as some garden planters which will be used in the children's lessons.
Sarah Hamilton, reception teacher at Parochial Primary School, said:
“The work carried out by AQA was of tremendous benefit to the school. The planters produced will bring life to the playground, whilst teaching the children about nature. AQA worked hard to help me bring to life my vision. Without their hard work none of it would have been possible.”
Matt Allen, AQA IT service manager, said:
"It was great to help the school and restore the playground train and boat for the children.
"It rained for the first two hours which didn’t help (!), and as an IT team it’s fair to say that DIY is a bit outside our comfort zone. But we were determined to get it done, and it was so rewarding to make time and do something so worthwhile."