Roofers to the rescue of charity

Eastbourne Mencap get a new roof SUS-161002-101931001
Eastbourne Mencap get a new roof SUS-161002-101931001

An Eastbourne roofing firm has jumped to the aid of a local charity and saved them thousands of pounds by carrying out extensive work on its premises.

Roofing contractor, Clarke Roofing, has repaired and refurbished the entire flat roof areas of Eastbourne Mencap’s day care centre, The Hive on Pevensey Road – free of charge.

The building, that houses Eastbourne Mencap’s daily activity centre for adults with learning difficulties, had succumbed to weathering and damage over the years – a renovation project that was estimated to cost £11,000.

Eastbourne Mencap COO Paul Durrant said, “We were unsure about how we were going to manage to fund these necessary repairs.

“We were simply overjoyed when Clarke Roofing offered to do the entire job for free.

“It is unbelievably generous and very much appreciated.

“The lads from Clarke Roofing were fantastic, working through some of the most awful weather and finishing the job to perfection.

“We can’t thank them enough for their valued time, skilled workmanship and all the materials too.”

Frank Clarke, managing director of Clarke Roofing, said, “After inspection of the roof we knew it was going to be a fairly big but necessary job.

“We also know that Eastbourne Mencap is a hardworking local charity - providing an invaluable service to many needy people and their families in this town.

“It was a perfect opportunity to use our skills and expertise to contribute very positively to our community and to a charity that desperately needed our help.”

Frank and the team called on their contacts in the industry to help with the supply of materials for the project.

Frank added, “We would also like to say a huge thank you to our suppliers IKO, Chandlers Building Supplies and Proteus Waterproofing who kindly donated products for us to use throughout the project.”

The Hive in Pevensey Road has been operating since 1998 and offers its services five days a week.

It has proved to be extremely successful in supporting people with learning and physical disabilities to develop and maintain practical and social skills.

The Hive staff carefully blend life skills, such as cooking, computer skills, health and wellbeing, gentle exercise, photography and arts and crafts, in a fun, entertaining and safe environment.

The charity also involves specialists who have their areas of expertise in floristry, jewellery-making, aromatherapy and in music, art and drama therapy.

The charity as a whole has been supporting local people with learning disabilities and their families for more than 60 years.

It operates three residential homes, a supported living service and a day care activity centre in the town.

More information on the charity and the services it provides can be found at

Eastbourne-based Clarke Roofing specialises in all types of roofing for a variety of customers as well as general building projects.

Founded in 1949, the company has won several awards for its roofing and heritage work. It has teams covering Sussex, Kent,East Hampshire and South London.

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