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Volunteers get creative at Hobby Horse Children’s Centre

Volunteers from Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) have improved the outdoor area of Hobby Horse Children’s Centre by repainting the playground and creatively adding large vibrant murals.

A team of six, from the engineering department of JDE, generously gave up two days of their time for the Banbury and Bicester College owned nursery.

The murals, which now cover the whole of the playground floor area, include a large rocket, the hungry caterpillar, a huge race-track for children to drive their ride-on cars along and a ladybird with spots to count.  

The exercise was arranged between centre manager Helen Collins and Matt Hopkins, Electrical Maintenance Manager at JDE and parent of a child who attends Hobby Horse Children’s Centre.

Helen Collins said: “I cannot thank the team from JDE enough.  They have without doubt lifted the whole outside space and it will have a really big impact on the play area.  I know that the children will gain many hours of fun and enjoyment from all JDE’s hard work.

“This is actually the second time they’ve generously given up their time.  Matt and his team had planned to paint the murals a few weeks ago, but unfortunately it rained all day.  Despite this, they still turned up and repainted the walls of our baby room instead.”

Matt Hopkins said: “We’ve had a really enjoyable day.  Plus it’s great to know that all the children at the centre will benefit from the time we’ve spent here.”

Matt was joined by engineering colleague Carl Reed, plus engineering apprentices Oliver French, Tom Henderson, Keiran Worrall and Mike Lorraine.

JDE is the new name for the Banbury based factory plant Mondelez, following a deal between Mondelez International and Douwe Egberts Master Blenders earlier in July.