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Keepmoat turns taps into tenners for Alvaston residents

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Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Communities

(L-R) Anthony Pennant, Lead Tenant Liaison Officer at Keepmoat; John Hughes, Affinity Sutton Regional Scrutiny Board Member; Steve Sims, Affinity Sutton Estate Caretaker; Derek Kirwin, Keepmoat Site Manager; Clive Bentley, Affinity Sutton Planned Investme (L-R) Anthony Pennant, Lead Tenant Liaison Officer at Keepmoat; John Hughes, Affinity Sutton Regional Scrutiny Board Member; Steve Sims, Affinity Sutton Estate Caretaker; Derek Kirwin, Keepmoat Site Manager; Clive Bentley, Affinity Sutton Planned Investme

Cash raised by scrapping 250 baths and taps is to be plumbed back into the community following the refurbishment of homes in Alvaston.

Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, which is carrying out Decent Homes work on behalf of housing provider Affinity Sutton, raised more than £1,250 by selling baths and taps removed from properties in the Derby suburb.

The money raised will be used to benefit residents living in the area as part of The Affinity Sutton Community Foundation.

So far £250 has been used to purchase 27 model plane kits, paints and glues for Alvaston Modelling Club, which is run by Affinity Sutton Estate Caretaker Steve Simms.

Steve Simms set up the club four and a half years ago and runs a six-week course, one day a week during the summer holidays.

“Modelling teaches children patience, the ability to follow detailed instructions and also encourages our young attendees to take pride in their work. 

“Everyone is given two kits to make over the six weeks; the first is treated like a practice run ahead of the second, which is judged by an independent party at the end of the course,” says 43-year-old Steve.

Around 12 young people aged between six and 11 take part in the sessions every year, with winners of the competition rewarded with a guided tour of East Midlands Aeropark. 

Steve Simms, who runs the club from an office on the estate, continues: “There is a lot of competition amongst the modellers; they really get into the spirit of things.” 

The Decent Homes work, which concluded in November, saw Keepmoat refurbish 250 Affinity Sutton properties in Alvaston. 

A total of £1,272.40 was collected from the scrap value of the old baths and taps removed by Keepmoat staff.

Derek Kirwan, Site Manager for Keepmoat, said: “The modelling club is cherished by the young people who take part every summer, many of whom plan their summer holidays round the sessions.

“It seemed fitting that money raised from scrapping old baths and taps from the estate was reinvested back into the community.” 

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