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Jamalco Refurbishes Administrative Block at Manchester Infirmary

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Brenda Ramsay

GREY GROUND, Manchester:

Staff members at the Manchester Infirmary will now be able to operate in ease and comfort as their work space has been renovated and retrofitted with all the items needed for their proper functioning.

The first floor of the block was recently officially opened by representatives of Jamalco, the Noble Foundation and the Manchester Parish Council and will now house the institution's administrative staff and the matron's office.

According to communication officer at Jamalco, Thelma White, refurbishing work on the first floor started last October during Jamalco's Month of Service activities, at which time the interior of the building was painted by Jamalco volunteers.

However, upon realising that more work needed to be done on the building, the Noble Foundation subsequently contributed a US$20,000 grant to help with other upgrades.

The refurbished offices now boast freshly painted walls, new windows, doors, and tiles as well as upgraded bathroom facilities for staff.

The Jamalco representatives are cognisant of the fact that the needs of their host communities must be met and take pride in assessing and duly providing for these needs.

Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Brenda Ramsay, while alluding to the scarcity of resources to care for Manchester's most needy residents, thanked Jamalco and the Noble Foundation for their investment in the infirmary. She also expressed the desire to see both organisations continue their partnership with the institution.

Head of Corporate Strategy and Capital EMEA, Noble Group, Christophe Urtel, expressed his delight to be able to officially open the refurbished administrative offices and commended the Jamalco employees for making it a reality.

Matron of the infirmary, Vivinne Grant was delighted for the assistance, noting that the needs of the infirmary are great and require constant help from corporate Jamaica to meet its operational costs each month.

"It takes cash to care and we are bursting at our seams ... Thanks to Jamalco and the Noble Foundation for making our lives a little bit easier," she said.