As part of its ongoing celebration of 50 years in business, Tiverton-based high-quality sign makers, Ken White Signs (KWS), has given away an array of bespoke marketing material to charities, independent retailers and schools, throughout Devon, as well organising a ‘Gold Pant Mile’ fun-run, raising just over £3,000 for CLIC Sargent. Continuing the community spirit, the family-run company closed its office for a day, and the full team of eight, including directors, gave a total of 50 hours free labour to The Donkey Sanctuary.
Ken White and his late wife Jean, established Ken White Signs (KWS) in 1967 in their home town of Tiverton. A keen artist, Ken is revered as one of the most skilled, traditional sign writers in the South of England, and although now retired, was keen to take up his painting brush to help out on the day, ably assisted by his three sons Chris, Simon and Ben White and the rest of the team.
Ben White - Sales & Finance Director said: “My brothers and I are very proud to be part of a family-run company, started by our Mum and Dad back in 1967. We felt It was important to celebrate this significant milestone in our business by giving back to the local community, and the whole team were right behind us in offering 50 hours free labour to The Donkey Sanctuary, a well-known and highly respected Devon charity. It was also turned into a great team-building and fun day!”
Works carried out by the KWS team took place at the Donkey-Assisted Therapy Centre. The Donkey Sanctuary has provided therapy to children with physical, social and behavioural difficulties to gain confidence, improve life skills and sense of achievement, across the country and abroad, for over 40 years.
Armed with paint pots and brushes, the KWS team renovated an existing pagoda, part of the Sensory Trail Road, by oiling the timber to make it more weather resistant and easier to maintain. In addition, the creative team designed bespoke animated woodland characters, on Foamex panels using the company’s newly acquired flatbed printer, and fitted these to the roof.
Vicky Branch, centre co-ordinator – Donkey-Assisted Therapy Centre Sidmouth explains: “Things have evolved over the last 40 years, and we have a new programme of donkey facilitated learning. The sensory trail ride is an integral part of this programme; hence the reason Ken White Signs, and their very generous contribution of putting the panels on the ceiling is huge.” She adds: “Our service users can be children with additional needs or vulnerable adults.”
For the Sensory Garden, KWS designed, manufactured and installed 20 graphic panels depicting colourful bugs and wildlife, with a retail value of £1,000 as a further charitable donation to this worthy local cause.
Vicki comments: “The Sensory Garden is a wonderfully tranquil place and for autistic children in particular, the water is delightful and the array of beautiful giant-sized bugs, created by Ben and his team will be educational, stimulate conversation, and enhance their overall experience.”
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