Gen­er­ous store staff help out at hos­pice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

Help­ful staff at an Ash­ford su­per­mar­ket have saved a char­ity nearly £30,000.

Work­ers from Tesco Crooks­foot ded­i­cated hours to im­prov­ing the grounds at the Ash­ford Pil­grims Hos­pice, off Hythe Road, last month as part of the com­mu­ni­tyvol­un­teer­ing scheme.

The work saw them clean the gut­ter­ing, re-dec­o­rate the bal­conies and a stair­well and cut back over­grown trees.

It is es­ti­mated that the hands-on sup­port has saved the char­ity £28,000 in main­te­nance costs.

Wendy Kelk, hos­pice ser­vices man­ager, said: “We can’t be­lieve how gen­er­ous of time and spirit the Tesco team has been. The con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing the grounds and gar­dens and the enor­mous job of up­grad­ing the bal­conies will make such a dif­fer­ence to pa­tients, fam­i­lies and the staff work­ing here on this site.”

Last Fri­day, the hos­pice wel­comed back the vol­un­teers to celebrate their achieve­ments.

Mary Daly, com­mu­nity cham­pion at Tesco said: “The teams in­volved with the Pil­grims Hos­pices pro­ject have re­ally en­joyed pro­vid­ing sup­port to such a valu­able lo­cal ser­vice. Com­mu­nity is the heart and sole of Tesco and we will con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Other com­pa­nies who helped out in­cluded Ground Con­trol and Genco who pro­vided the ma­te­ri­als and ser­vices needed to com­plete the pro­ject.

Tesco staff with some of the team from Ash­ford Pil­grims Hos­pice

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