A BUILDERS’ Merchants has answered a DIY SOS put out by a Barry-based lifeguard club.

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants – Barry has donated a new kitchen and new shower to Rhondda Cold Knap Lifeguard Club who, this year, have undertaken a major project to renovate their club house.

The club – the second oldest in Wales – has run as a voluntary organisation for 52 years carrying out voluntary lifeguard patrols of the beach and sea surrounding the Knap.

The club teaches children from the age of seven how to be safe in and around the sea as well as rescue and lifesaving skills. With the aim of eventually becoming fully qualified lifeguards.

Training consists of essential lifesaving skills, confidence in the water and fun.

The club has more than 50 members and 15 senior lifeguards and is always seeking keen nippers, talented juniors or new senior members to join.

Gary Slee, on behalf of the Club, said: “We couldn’t have done it without Robert Price, it has been a fantastic donation. We are so pleased with the improvements and they will make a huge difference to how we are able to operate. To celebrate, we even held a party with a BBQ and a Sleepover to test out the new facilities!”

Ben Pike, of Robert Price Builders’ Merchants Barry, said: “We are always keen to support worthwhile local projects where we can. Our stock covers everything from general building materials and DIY products to kitchens and bathrooms, so this opportunity seemed to fit our service area and expertise. Our branch in Barry is on the Cardiff Road, so with the request for help coming locally, we were keen to show our engagement and are happy to have been able to help out. We are thrilled that more and more local people are now using us as their trusted and reliable local supplier in many different situations.”