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Our Week at the Polka Theatre

Wednesday 5th September marked International Day of Charity and the team celebrated this by spending a week at the Polka Theatre, volunteering our excellent maintenance skills to give the theatre a little tender love and care. The team took on a variety of tasks including gardening, sugar scrubbing, painting and just about anything and everything else! It’s safe to say that the Polka Theatre is looking as good as new.

Haygarth has been working with the Polka Theatre since January and we are delighted to have supported them with various fundraising events, voluntary tasks and design work. The Polka Theatre is a local neighbour of ours and has been based in Wimbledon since 1979. It’s one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children and we think it’s a great organisation to be helping. They strive to spark the imagination and creativity in all children and support those with learning needs and those from disadvantage backgrounds. Their aim is to empower children to use their imagination and creativity for their social and educational development as well as their mental and emotional wellbeing. As a creative agency we are absolutely thrilled to be supporting such a local treasure who share the same the passion for imagination and creativity as us. 

Over the week there were many highs and lows (mainly the ceilings and skirting boards!) but we certainly did encounter a few highlights… Marcus and Lillie did a remarkable job at tidying the garden - they are taking bookings for the autumn now! David Reed was crowned weed killing king and the painting team (myself, Katy, Gavin, Amy, Sophie, Elizabeth, Serge, Jess, Amelia, Robyn and Petra) put their heart, soul and excellent brushing tekkers in to refreshing the walls and brightening up the main workshop. Being covered from head to toe in paint was well worth it, (although once we realised it was the walls we were supposed to be painting we soon got the hang of it!) A special shout out goes to Petra who proved to be a real pro with the roller, and to Jess who was getting stuck in, despite being 7 months pregnant.  

A huge thank you to all who were involved. We look forward to our next Polka activity!


Guest blog written by Hollie Bryant, PA/Office Manager and Charity Team Leader.