Plans to extend and refurbish a Sikh temple in Birmingham have received a boost following support from a leading builders merchant.
The Guru Ramdas Gurdwara on Moseley Road is undergoing much-needed repairs and the building made larger to accommodate a bigger capacity in a project expected to take up to two years.
The Stirchley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse is giving its support to the improvements, initially providing the products and materials for temporary toilets to be constructed to enable the building to stay operational while the work is carried out.
Ranjit Singh, a committee member of the temple, said: “The project is a demanding one but really important for our long-term future.
“In the 40 years I’ve been going to the temple, there hasn’t really been any major refurbishment or renovation work and the building is showing that now and it’s looking a little tired.
“We need to work on our disabled facilities and to grow in size to reflect the increasing number and size of the families who attend.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Selco who have stepped in with a donation which allows us to continue with the project.
“It’s absolutely necessary to carry out the work but it’s also costly so the support we are receiving from Selco goes a long way.
“We currently have a number of our older members who either have to worship downstairs or don’t attend at all due to the state of the building and this project is being carried out to make us accessible to all.”
It is hoped as many as 200 members a week will be able to attend the temple once the improvements have been carried out.
Dan Henebury, deputy branch manager of Selco Stirchley based on Charlotte Road, said: “We are always keen to support the communities in which we operate in any way we can and this is a perfect opportunity.
“There are exciting plans for the temple and we are delighted in playing a small part in helping them come to fruition.”
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