On 30th September some of the UK Strategic Planning team cleared their diaries of meetings and emerged from behind their computer screens to do something completely different for their Lend-A-Hand day.
They went to the Parish Rooms at the Church of the Holy Name in Esher, which is the place where they last said tearful and heartfelt goodbyes to their dear colleague Juan Lopez who passed away just over a year ago.
Jackie Leverett and David Beck had contacted Jossy Lopez, Juan’s wife, to see if there was any voluntary work that the Team could do in Juan’s memory. Jossy discussed it with Father Benny at the church and he was delighted to get some help in repainting one of the Parish rooms which is used for various community events.
New Strategic Planner, Steve Lankfer, stepped up for the role of Team Leader and was soon demonstrating his experience in thoroughly prepping a room for decorating. New VP, Hector Tassinari, was delighted to learn new vocabulary such as “cornice” and “coving” as he worked on the higher sections of the walls. Mike Greer made a perfect job of painting a rather intricate arch window recess and Martin Hills made a superb job of the cupboard doors (once he returned from a rather long trip to “B&Q”…).
Thanks also to hard work from Julie Price, Emma Needham and Gustavo Ruiz. The room was finished in good time, even allowing us time to enjoy a lunchtime break in the garden – thank you to Dan Panormo for bringing some delicious banana bread to share and to Jossy for the amazing chocolate brownies.
Emma Needham, commented: “In spite of the hectic schedules we all have, we all agreed what a beneficial day it had been and what a pleasure it was to be able to take part in this Lend-A-Hand day event.” (in the picture L-R : Jossy Lopez, Jackie Leverett, Dan Panormo, David Beck, Steve Lankfer, Mike Greer, Martin Hills, Julie Price, Emma Needham, Hector Tassinari, Gustavo Ruiz).