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A group of power workers stepped forward to help a Basildon hospice by building the charity a new path inside a day.
The voluntary work was part of UK Power Networks’ ‘Donate a Day’ scheme which gives the company’s 6,000 staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities.
A group of four Childerditch-based staff completed the work for St Luke’s Hospice in Nethermayne after the charity appealed for help.
One of the hospice teams had been relocated to a temporary office on a grass verge with no proper access so the UK Power Networks team took on the project to improve safety.
Craig Hamilton, an operations manager, said: “We are based in Childerditch so thought this was an ideal opportunity to give something back to the community as well as being a great team-building exercise.
“My team were happy to get involved as they had family members in other hospices and know all the hard work put in caring for others this was a good time to get involved and contribute to a worthy cause. It was great to work as hard for them as they do for others.
“We completed the work in one day which was an outstanding effort from everyone. The hospice were very grateful and said our contribution was amazing. I also want to thank our contractor Ferns who supplied the materials for the surfacing of the path.”
Mark Crane, head of corporate services for St Luke’s Hospice, said: “We needed a new path laid to better reach a temporary office until our planned extension is complete and want to thank the UK Power Networks team for the hard work they did.
“The path looks brilliant and many of the staff and volunteers are commenting on how good it looks. Support given like this helps us enormously and allows our limited resources to focus on patient care and we look forward to welcoming the team back again next year for another project.”
UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.
The company offers a Priority Services Register to provide free additional help, support and advice during a power cut to pensioners, families with young children and people with special needs, disabilities or health conditions.