Volunteers spruce up hospice gardens

A day of painting and gardening by volunteers has given the team at Great Oaks Hospice in Coleford a valuable boost.

The assistance came in the form of five employees of Two Rivers Housing, taking part in the organisation’s community volunteering programme, called “˜Helping Hands’.

Every year, members of staff spend a day doing voluntary work at a local charity or community group, and tasks can range from practical help such as the day at Great Oaks, to supporting the foodbanks or helping students to prepare for job interviews. Some projects involve builders’ merchant Travis Perkins, in donating materials through its community fund.

I really enjoy spending time out of the office, doing something completely different from my day-job,” said Emma Watkins, Income Collection Team Leader (pictured right). “It’s a great way to support local people and find out more about charities and organisations, many of which we wouldn’t know exist.“

The team of Two Rivers staff painted hand rails, cleared weeds and moss from the paths and carried out some general gardening tasks.

Ruth Keeble, Executive Manager from Great Oaks, said: “The Two Rivers employees did an amazing job. The hospice has beautiful gardens and we are very grateful to the staff from Two Rivers for all their help in giving their time to support us in this way, and we very much enjoyed having them with us. Thank you.“