Donation brightens up playtime

CHILDREN by the newly-painted wendy house.
CHILDREN by the newly-painted wendy house.
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Children at Johnshaven Primary School, are enjoying their new play area, after paint and materials, to brighten up the exterior facilities, were donated by Dulux Decorator Centre’s Aberdeen store.

The school applied to the painting and decorating specialist for a helping hand, and the donation allowed parents and volunteers to transform the wooden Wendy house and PE storage shed, with the addition of bright pastel shades.

The donation was made as part of Dulux Decorator Centres’ Colouring the Community scheme, after one of the mums at the school contacted the company. The scheme aims to help local groups and charities restore their premises, community centres, and surrounding areas.

Parents and local volunteers rallied together to work with the children, as they painted bright purple, blue and green designs, creating a myriad of colour and a bright back-drop for the children’s play area.

Speaking about the donation, one of the mums, local artist, Kelly Shankland, commented: “We were so excited when Dulux Decorator Centres told us that our application for paint had been successful that we got to work straight away, painting the Wendy house and PE shed.

“The children are loving their new play area and we had so much fun designing the brightly coloured patterns and would like to say a big thank you to Dulux Decorator Centres for its generous donation.”

Alan Gray, manager at Dulux Decorator Centres’ Aberdeen store, commented: “I know Kelly and all the volunteers were thrilled to receive the donation and the striking colours they chose have really helped to brighten up the outside area.”

Local charities wishing to apply for a Colouring the Community award can find their nearest store, and apply online, by visiting or for regular updates join the Facebook group – or follow on Twitter at DuluxDecCentre.