Blooming lovely garden for Rainbow Trust


A group of water workers have dug deep to show their support for a children’s charity.

Twenty eight employees from Northumbrian Water’s human resources team carried out a sparkling garden makeover at Rainbow Trust Fernstone, near Hexham, Northumberland, under the company’s Just an hour employee volunteering scheme.

Rainbow Trust Fernstone is a respite centre for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. The house, which is set in spacious gardens, is fully staffed by professional care workers to provide a much-needed break for family members.

The team got their hands dirty for the afternoon, weeding and tidying the garden, as well as painting perimeter fences and the outside of a swimming pool building. The result of a combined total of 84 hours hard work by the gardening group was a ‘Ground Force’ style makeover.

Northumbrian Water’s Just an hour programme gives employees the opportunity to spend at least 15 hours of paid, work time a year improving local communities in the company’s supply area - from Berwick to North Yorkshire and across to the Pennines.

Karen Harrison, manager of Rainbow Trust Fernstone, said: “We were thrilled to be chosen for the Just an hour scheme. The team have made a massive difference to the grounds and buildings at Fernstone and we really appreciate their time and hard work.”

Diane Morton, director of human resources at Northumbrian Water, said: "The company is always delighted to provide support to local organisations who do such wonderful work as the Rainbow Trust.  I was particularly proud of the enthusiasm of my team from HR who really got stuck into the physical nature of the work and had a lot of fun as a team whilst making a considerable difference to the garden." 

Since the ‘Just an hour’ scheme was launched in 2002, Northumbrian Water employees have spent more than 20,000 hours working on local community projects and improving the environment.

For further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

Notes to editors:

Rainbow Trust Children′s Charity provides practical and emotional support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. They support 1,000 families each year for as long as they need, from diagnosis, through the illness and beyond.

Rainbow Trust has two respite centres. Rainbow Fernstone, near Hexham, Northumberland and Rainbow House in Great Bookham, Surrey. Both houses are carefully designed to cater for the needs of families under stress. Up to three families can stay at any one time.

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