Sunderland EDF Energy workers help the homeless

Dan Bennett, front, of EDF Energy leads the team of volunteers to tidy up the gardens of Ashkirk Homeless unit ahead of its open day this weekend
Dan Bennett, front, of EDF Energy leads the team of volunteers to tidy up the gardens of Ashkirk Homeless unit ahead of its open day this weekend
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A GROUP of customer service workers are helping brighten up the grounds of a homeless families service, ahead of their big fund-raising day.

Six staff from EDF Energy, at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, volunteered to plant flowers and shrubs and trim hedges and trees in the gardens of the Ashkirk Homeless Unit, through the company’s Helping Hands scheme.

The charitable service holds an annual family fun day at its Lakeside Village centre to raise funds to maintain their services, and EDF Energy staff are helping to tidy up their grounds ahead of the big day on Saturday.

Ashkirk Homeless Unit provides shelter and support to the homeless, and helps them develop the skills and confidence they need to get permanent accommodation. EDF volunteer Dan Bennett said: “The family fun day is very important for Ashkirk Homeless Unit as it relies so much on what is raised from the event, which is why we decided to help them prepare for the big day.

“The venue for the event is the unit’s outside grounds, so we wanted to make sure that everything looks great to make sure the day is really enjoyable for everyone.”

Gemma Alderson, team leader at Ashkirk, said: “It is a big project for the staff to undertake, and we are very grateful to the staff at EDF Energy for undertaking the work on the grounds.”

The EDF Energy Helping Hands scheme allows workers to take paid days off to do voluntary work within the community.