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Bournemouth, July 31, 2018– Bournemouth charity The Crumbs Project is now brighter and lighter thanks to a “DIY SOS” style makeover courtesy of retail giant Marks and Spencer’s.

The idea was part of M&S’s Community Engagement programme, where employees volunteer their time to ‘do something good’ in their local community. This was supported by a £500 donation to help fund the work.

The Bournemouth charity was selected as the chosen project and around a dozen M&S volunteers picked up their paintbrushes to decorate Crumbs’ training room. The team painted a scenes of a growing oak tree around the room to symbolise Crumbs’ journey and acknowledge its Founder Anne Gardener whose familiar saying was ‘from small acorns grow mighty oaks’.

Crumbs trainees contributed to the redecoration by making hand-markings on the wall to resemble oak leaves. Local signage company, Elite Signs created a series of wall decals depicting key points in the charities history.

After a mammoth effort by M&S volunteers, the newly renovated training room will be officially reopened later this summer as the Anne Gardener Suite in memory of the charities late founder.

Commenting on the redecoration Operations Manager of The Crumbs Project, Leanne Miller said, “We were thrilled to have been chosen by our friends at Marks & Spencer and have the opportunity to benefit from this exciting initiative. The result has been wonderful, our training room is now a bright and airy space, ideal for welcoming our visitors and trainees.”

The Anne Gardener Suite at The Crumbs Project can hold up to 45 people and regularly hosts a variety of events and workshops for the charities staff and trainees. The room is available to hire from £45 per day, along with a variety of catering options to suit any event.

The Crumbs Project is located at Hibberd Way in Bournemouth and is open Monday to Friday.

For further information about The Crumbs Project please visit or call 01202 519320.

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