Lance Corporal Sarah picks up her paintbrush for bereaved mother

26 July 2021

One of our colleagues, Sarah, is helping brighten up the home of a women whose son died in Afghanistan, by offering her skills as a painter and decorator for free.

Sarah is a part of the Army Reserves, as a Lance Corporal in the 146 Divisional Support Company 102 Battalion of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME). The Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers also has its own charity, dedicated to helping members in times of hardship. Thanks to regular welfare visits, members of the REME charity knew that the mother of Craftsman Anthony Lombardi needed support – Craftsman Lombardi was killed in Afghanistan while attached to the Light Dragoons in 2009.

Sarah Jones 2The stresses of the COVID-19 lockdown had taken its toll recently and one of the key ways they knew they could help her would be to help brighten up her home, so they approached Sarah to see what she could do. When we heard about this, we happily provided Sarah with one of our vans along with a set of paints, supplied free of charge by Akzo Nobel (owner of Dulux), which will enable her to complete the work at the house in Scunthorpe.

“When I was asked, I said yes, I didn’t hesitate,” said Sarah, who has worked as a painter and decorator since she left school in 2000.

“It’s important to give back. She was quite overwhelmed when we offered to help. And I felt proud that I could use my skills to do so in this way.”

Sarah will be redecorating the hallway landing, kitchen and utility room.

“I’m really grateful to Guinness. I didn’t know what to expect when I asked for their help, but they’ve been really supportive.”

Lieutenant Colonel Lance Foster of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, and spokesperson for the charity, said: “This is making such a difference to Helen, after what has been a very challenging year. The REME Family cannot thank Sarah and Guinness enough.”