At Elkins we’re always looking for ways we can contribute to improving the lives of local people in the communities in which we work, which is why, when we were contacted about a church in need of some repairs in Rotherhithe, we were keen to lend a helping hand.
Wilma Nelson, a retired Councillor for Southwark, who was a resident on an estate we worked on in 2007/8, reached out to Elkins’ Managing Director, Ray, about some of the issues facing St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church.
We were keen to help where we could, so our Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Ayesha, met with Wilma shortly afterwards to discuss the details of what needed fixing. It quickly became evident that the church’s main concern was its central heating system, which had never worked, and made it extremely cold for parishioners in the winter months.
Following their conversation, Ayesha arranged for one of Elkins’ gas engineers, Danny Bakewell, to attend the site. He identified and repaired a leak in the system and was able to get the heating up and running for the first time. He also installed a wireless thermostat to allow the church to control the temperature.
Wilma was full of praise for Danny’s work: “Thank you so much for sending the engineer to sort out the problem that we had for years with the heating in the church,“ she said, “he has done a marvellous job and all the heaters are now working properly.”
“I am very grateful to Ray and the Elkins team for all their help in getting this sorted so quickly. The parishioners will be very happy that they can now come to church and do not have to feel cold.”