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All hands on deck to get rainbow centre in ship shape

19 February 2016
A group of officers, currently on course at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, came together recently to actively revive the garden in The Rainbow Centre.

The Rainbow Centre, based in Fareham, is a charity run programme providing Conductive Education to children with Cerebral Palsy and also offers a range of specialised services for adults with motor disorders aiming to provide a better quality of life for the individual.

In 2007 the charity received funding to create and open ‘The Garden of Rainbows’ which hosts a collection of items such as mirrors, herbs and wind chimes to stimulate the senses.

On arrival of the centre the 5 officers were given a tour and the opportunity to meet some of the children whilst in their sessions. 

With the pupils currently unable to enjoy the centre’s garden, due to unsafe conditions created by bad weather, the group from course Principal Warfare Officers Course 178 seized the opportunity to get involved and improve this.

The team got to work on maintaining the safety and preservation of the rubberised play surface within the ‘Garden of Rainbows’; spending the afternoon gardening, scrubbing and jet washing the area. 

Providing them with the man power to complete the project was a sign of HMS Collingwood’s continued support towards The Rainbow Centre, with various volunteering projects and donations contributed from the naval base over the years.

The officers involved are now looking to encourage future visits to help out the centre.

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