Nottingham City Transport has succumbed to a spot of ‘cabin fever’ recently, as the city’s biggest transport operator has kindly re-homed two hard working portable cabins from the Parliament Street Garage to local good causes.
NCT made it known back in November 2015 that the mobile-spaces were available to a good home, and were keen to hear from local schools, charities and good causes who would benefit from their use. Around 50 requests came in, stating why they would like to make use of the now redundant work spaces. All employees within Nottingham City Transport voted for their two favourites from the lengthy list, with the two good causes which received the most votes being the winners!
After totting up the responses, the outright winners were Dunkirk Primary School and the Nottingham Search and Rescue Team – both very worthy causes indeed.
Dunkirk Primary took an interest in one of the portable cabins with the aim of converting it into an outside classroom. The school has its own wildlife garden where the kids are encouraged to learn more about nature and the great outdoors and with a canal in close proximity, there’s an abundance of wildlife in the area. This prompted the school to get in touch with NCT about one of the cabins, with the hope that the space would become not only a classroom to keep the kids and staff dry in winter, but also as a means for them to collect rainwater for their plants. A very eco-friendly project and one that clearly struck a chord with NCT, who are hoping to introduce gas powered double decks to the City.
Nottingham Search and Rescue are a relatively new team, covering the county for three and a half years with their dog, bike and water teams. Their 40 volunteers work closely with Nottinghamshire Police to search for, locate and recover missing vulnerable people 365 days a year. As a registered charity, they rely heavily on donations, so when they saw NCT’s redundant cabins up for grabs, naturally they were of great interest. The cabin winging its way over to them will provide much needed storage space for their kit in a single, waterproof location. It will also double up as an office space to enable the team to administer their work effectively.
“Naturally we are delighted to be able to help out two very deserving local causes and make a significant difference to their day-to-day work with the donation of our cabins. We’re pleased to see that they will be put to good use in the local community after serving us so well for many years” says Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport.
Both cabins have now left NCT and are now on their way to their respective destinations and NCT will follow their journeys as they’re transformed for their new roles.