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Vodafone volunteering

What a difference a day makes…when a team of volunteers from Vodafone in Derbyshire steps in to spruce up a shabby garden patio area at Newholme.

The Vodafone employees turned hospital grounds crew for the day as part of their company’s Giving Something Back Day. Their combined efforts – totalling around 70 hours of graft in the garden – transformed the patio area outside Stanton Day Unit in just one day.

Weeding and washing down the patio, renovating garden furniture and planters were all achieved in characteristically efficient make-over style against the clock – and with a lucky dry day to help speed things along.

Sarah Waite, one of the Vodafone volunteer team, said: “It was a pleasure and we all enjoyed being able to help out. I’m very pleased with all that we achieved as a team. The weather was kind so we were able to get all the painting done which has made a big difference. I hope the weather continues to stay nice for a bit longer so that the staff and patients can enjoy it before winter sets in.”

Jim Austin, Associate Director of Transformation and IT for DCHS, said: “This has made a real difference and will be very much appreciated by the patients and staff who use the area. It’s greatly enhanced the environment for everyone on the day unit, whether they are spending time in the garden area or looking out onto it and enjoying the view from the window. Thank you to all the Vodafone volunteers who made this possible so quickly by providing very welcome extra pairs of hands to support our excellent resident estates team.”                                                                                                                                                                                              

Vodafone employees can also take 24 hours’ paid leave every year for volunteering, either as individuals or as part of a team. The company actively encourages its employees to spend time helping their communities.

The Stanton Day Unit at Newholme provides care to patients with memory problems and their carers.