Community Champions: Changing Rooms at Hampden Gurney

Visa colleagues from Paddington transformed two tired changing rooms at Hampden Gurney Primary School, Marble Arch, in just a couple of hours on Friday 8 December. The team of six rolled up their sleeves, picked up their paint brushes and didn’t stop until the once custard yellow walls were calmer shades of lovely lavender and brilliant blue.

The team were kept entertained as pupils practised for their upcoming nativity play in the adjacent school hall. The sweet sounds of Silent Night serenaded the six volunteers and the team also enjoyed tucking into the delicious homemade mince pies prepared by the school’s PTA.

The morning flew in this Edgware Road version of sixty-minute makeover – both rooms having their walls prepped and painted in little over two hours.

Sophia Malik from the Cybersecurity team at Visa who was part of the transformation team said, “it was a great morning for the whole team. I felt a real sense of achievement at the end and we were made to feel so welcome. There was a real feeling of community spirit, especially thanks to the children’s singing, home baked mince pies and regular cups of tea being made for us.”

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