EDF bosses get to work cleaning up Sunderland park

EDF HELPING HANDS''The Helping Hands are a group of volunteers from EDF Energy who donate one working day per year to local community projects. Their partnership with Sunderland Council has resulted in hundreds of hours of labour to maintain the high standards of the parks in the city.''Image shows EDF's Head of Customer Services North East Kevin Gatens helping to maintain Sunderland's Silksworth Park. ''For more details contact 'Cassie Moyse MHW PR'Email: cassie@mhwpr.co.uk'Tel: 0191 2331300''�www.michaelhughesphoto.com'tel. +44 (0)7789681770
EDF HELPING HANDS''The Helping Hands are a group of volunteers from EDF Energy who donate one working day per year to local community projects. Their partnership with Sunderland Council has resulted in hundreds of hours of labour to maintain the high standards of the parks in the city.''Image shows EDF's Head of Customer Services North East Kevin Gatens helping to maintain Sunderland's Silksworth Park. ''For more details contact 'Cassie Moyse MHW PR'Email: cassie@mhwpr.co.uk'Tel: 0191 2331300''�www.michaelhughesphoto.com'tel. +44 (0)7789681770
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Bosses at a Wearside firm have been brushing up on their DIY skills for a special anniversary.

The senior management team from EDF Energy has given Silksworth Park a spruce-up, restoring and painting benches and handrails.

It marked 20 years of voluntary work carried out by the staff at the Doxford-based customer service centre through its Helping Hands scheme.

The programme has seen staff donate around 3,000 work hours each year to local charities, organisations and causes since the centre opened nearly 20 years ago.

It allows employees to take up to two days extra paid leave every year to volunteer in the local community.

North East head of customer services, Kevin Gatens, said: “The EDF Energy Helping Hands scheme at Doxford does a fantastic job in the local community, donating staff support to a range of very worthwhile causes across Sunderland and the surrounding areas.

“From local beauty spots, schools and charities, the volunteers have had a positive impact on an enormous amount of projects over the past 20 years.

“We look forward to continuing with Helping Hands and donating our time to even more causes in the future.”

Ian Graham, from Sunderland City Council’s West Area Responsive Local Services team, added: “The EDF Energy Helping Hands team has done a great job at Silksworth Park.

“A lot of organisations rely on volunteers to help maintain grounds and buildings, and it is clear that the staff from EDF Energy are very passionate when it comes to helping local causes and really enjoy lending their support.

“The fact that EDF Energy supports the local community by encouraging employees to take part in charitable projects is priceless to organisations like ourselves and we really appreciate the help they offer.”

Anyone wanting information on the Helping Hands scheme should contact Emma Shearer at emma.shearer@edfenergy.com