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A whittle gift to say thank you

PCH’s Men’s Shed has made a very special gift to say thank you after being donated tools to get them started.

The generous donor was thrilled to receive a set of hand-turned wooden pens earlier this week.

Through a partnership between Plymouth Community Homes and Travis Perkins, the Men’s Shed project held at Leigham Community Centre was given over £2000 worth of power tools to get them going. 

Men’s Sheds are a great place to pursue crafts, leisure, and practical activities. They combat social isolation by bringing people together, while sharing skills and knowledge in a friendly environment. 

Hayley Boaden Dixon of Travis Perkins was delighted when she was presented with three bespoke pens as a thank you gesture. 

She said: “What we didn't expect was that the chaps were so touched by our donation that they made me and the two guys from the Plymouth branch handmade wood-turned pens… which are gorgeous.”

Hayley explained that the social value aspect of who Travis Perkins works with was “becoming a bigger and bigger part of how they operated.”

After presenting Hayley with her gift, the chaps at the workshop spoke of how much their craft group meant to them. 

“It was emotional to hear about their struggles”, said Hayley. “Especially during covid but it was lovely to hear what this project does for them and made us so happy we've helped in some way.”

She added: “We've got some future plans that we can help them with including some work with the local railway and help with a new building when they relocate.”