Team unearth sensory garden for charity

Leonard Cheshire Disability


Water workers have helped to create a sensory garden at a charity’s care home in County Durham.

Pictures show: The Northumbrian Water team in the new sensory garden (from left to right - Ben Lane, Simon Urwin, Mark Waters, Curtis Barley, Darren Brown) and the Northumbrian Water team with staff and service users from Bradbury House.

Six¬†employees from Northumbrian Water’s Maintenance team based in Washington, mucked in to transform the garden at Bradbury House, Crook.

Run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, Bradbury House, provides a range of services for adults with physical disabilities.
The colourful new garden, which boasts a landscaped garden with a variety of plants, a water feature, and a sheltered seating area, will stimulate senses by engaging sight, touch, smell and sound.

Electrical Technician at Northumbrian Water, Mark Waters, who helped get a team together to work on the garden, said: “Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity that is close to my heart and when I first visited Bradbury House I was really impressed.

“It’s such a nice place and the garden can only enhance the level of care already provided to the service users. Since completing the project we all feel proud to have been part of a project that will be of benefit to everyone using the home for years to come.”

The Northumbrian Water team took part in the project as part of the company’s ‘Just an hour’ scheme which allows each employee to give at least 15 hours of paid work time back to local communities.

Since the scheme started in 2002, more than 100,000 hours have been committed to community projects across the region, with 50% of employees volunteering every year.

Time spent volunteering contributes to the £2.8 million pre-tax profits the company gives back to communities.

Northumbrian Water has also had a long running association with Leonard Cheshire Disability, which includes staging an annual weekend of activities at the Calvert Trust in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland over the last ten years.

Debbie Parker, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Bradbury House, said: “The garden has been such a great project that the service users and volunteers have been able to build together.

“The volunteers from Northumbrian water have been absolutely fantastic and without their kind help and manpower we would have never have been able to get it completed to the high standard it is. For this we are very grateful to all involved.”

For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 3016713.

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