Dulux Let's Colour Project keeps the wheels turning at Coconut Corner's painting paradise
On Monday 10th June, the Dulux riders cycled through Baillieston, to present a plaque to commemorate the occasion and celebrated with local volunteers on their colourful transformation achievement. Sourced by Groundwork UK, a mural inspired by desert islands and the nearby Scottish highlands was created, featuring part-paradise island and part Scottish landscape sketches using bright coloured paint. A storytelling area has also been created, along with a ‘Never, Never Land’ inspired garden area featuring stepping stones, muddy areas, a mini-beast beach hut and rockery.
Staff, children, parents and local businesses, including six representatives of Dulux Decorator Centres in the Scotland South region, came together to help brighten up every inch of the garden area of the centre, to give kids an engaging and vibrant play area to feel inspired by.
The team of over 100 riders, made up of Dulux employees and customers, cycled 960 miles over nine days, which started in John O’Groats on 8th June before completing their momentous cycle challenge at Land’s End on 16th June to raise up to £250,000 for The Outward Bound Trust charity.
The Coconut Corner Childcare Centre was chosen by the Let’s Colour Project noting the positive impact it would have on the daily lives of 300 people in the surrounding area. Dulux Decorator Centre in Glasgow (London Road) donated 130 litres required to complete the colourful transformation.
Mary Ramsay, Centre Manager at Coconut Corner Childcare Centre said: “The children were very excited when they learned they could design their own mural, and the Dulux Let’s Colour Project made this a reality for them. Our crumbling wall has been replaced by an exciting myriad of castles, mermaids, waterfalls, colours, and features that will stimulate their imagination as they play, learn, and grow.”
Coconut Corner is a charity nursery based in Baillieston which has suffered quite serious anti-social behaviour in the past. As part of this project, the crumbling wall was re-pointed, rendered and painted with a bright tropical beach theme. The children helped with the design and development of their outdoor classroom and their ideas were used by the volunteers from Res Ltd. and the Dulux Decorator Centre, in London road. The difference to this nursery garden means that children no longer have to stay inside and can go out and play in a safe, bright and colourful environment.