Ilkeston firm’s DIY SOS big build at Derbyshire cricket club

Ian Hodginson, centre, managing director of Hodgkinson's Builders is pictured with from left, Sharon Sewell, fundraising manager for Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, Sarah Marples from the 3aaa's Stadium, Simon Storey, chief executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Rachel Hudson from Inventory Genius, at the start of works on former changing rooms at the ground.
Ian Hodginson, centre, managing director of Hodgkinson's Builders is pictured with from left, Sharon Sewell, fundraising manager for Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, Sarah Marples from the 3aaa's Stadium, Simon Storey, chief executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Rachel Hudson from Inventory Genius, at the start of works on former changing rooms at the ground.

An Ilkeston building firm have helped to spearhead a DIY SOS project at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Around 150 volunteers and business professionals upped tools to turn a disused space into a community room to be proud of at the club.

Big hammer work on the Derbyshire County Cricket Club's former changing rooms.

Big hammer work on the Derbyshire County Cricket Club's former changing rooms.

The makeover project, which will see works totalling £250,000, will transform the former changing rooms in the 3aaa Pavilion at Derbyshire County Cricket Club into a room, which will be used to host community programmes delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.

Over the last few weeks, the main organisers of the event, including Ian Hodgkinson, managing director of Hodgkinson Build in Ilkeston, have been rallying troops in order to raise as much awareness as possible in order to make the renovation a reality.

Ian said: “This is a great example of what the community can do when we all work together. By pulling together, we can make something that seems an impossible task, possible for an amazing cause.

“The project has seen an outstanding turn out and the amount of support we’ve received is staggering. We would also like to thank the local media who have supported us every step of the way.”

The first programme to be held in the new community room will provide support and advice for those affected by suicide and mental health issues. The space will also ne used to deliver the Opening Up Cricket programme, along with other community programmes.

The community project has received charitable donations coming from all manner of Derbyshire businesses and local volunteers, all of which have made this possible.

Ian added: “One of the donations has come from a man called Martin Parker, of local firm, Martin & Parker. I’ve seen and had a drink with him many times over years in my local pub. He heard that we were after some sofas to dress the room, as we want to create a functional space that can be used right away.

“He contacted me and offered to make two brand new sofas designed specifically to fit the requirements of the community room and colour scheme. This kind of design usually takes weeks to produce, and he’s offered to do it in two days flat. People really are going all out to support this cause and the support has been incredible.

“I am truly overwhelmed by the support we have received on day one of the project, and it shows that community spirit it still very much alive and kicking! Everyone involved should be extremely proud, whether it was through donations, volunteering or providing equipment, it has all made this possible and it will all go towards helping members of the community.”

The project is set to be completed by 3pm tomorrow.