This team from the Worsley base of gas network Cadent supported Astley community facility Damhouse
by clearing two large overgrown areas in its grounds.
They would normally spend their working days keeping energy flowing through the pipes which distribute gas to thousands of homes locally, for heating and cooking.
But this time they were digging deep to remove ivy and weeds, not to maintain pipes, as they cleared two areas of the 17-acre site during a day’s volunteering.
Cadent, which recently launched a collaboration with volunteering charity Volunteering Matters
, actively encourages its staff to support local projects like this.
Karen Plimley, from Cadent, who organised the Damhouse event, said: “I live in the local area, so for me it was a personal thing as well as group thing for Cadent to do. We cleared two areas – together about the size of a football pitch. The difference to the lighting was immense. It is a real sense of pride that we did such a good job.
“The team at Damhouse were really happy with what we’d done. They said it would have taken them two to three months to complete the work we did on that day.”
Laura Barnes, corporate social responsibility advisor at Cadent, said “We’re Britain’s biggest gas distribution network – keeping the gas flowing from Barrow to Barnet. Our staff are out and about working 24-7 to keep people connected to safe and reliable gas supplies and we encourage them to also volunteer in the areas where we work.”
Damhouse is a Grade II listed building in Astley. A former hospital, it was renovated in 2000 with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources. It now houses a tea room, a health clinic and other community facilities.
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