VOLUNTEERS took a step back in time at a heritage museum’s annual festival.
Ten customer service advisors from EDF Energy’s Doxford International Business Park, Sunderland, joined a 50-strong team in traditional 1913 dress at the annual Beamish Agricultural Show, in County Durham.
Volunteer Marc Lofthouse organised for his work team to visit the historic attraction as part of the EDF Energy Helping Hands scheme, which encourages workers to support community and voluntary projects. He said: “This was a great opportunity to be involved in something different and to help out one of the region’s best attractions.
“Beamish is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the North East, so we were enthusiastic to support the annual agricultural fayre.
“We got to help with a variety of different activities that were going on throughout the day, including tending to the animals, speaking to visitors and helping out with games.”
The EDF Energy Helping Hands programme lets all 1,800 employees at Doxford to take up to two days paid leave every year to volunteer in the community.
Samantha Mason, from Beamish who organised the agricultural show, said: “The EDF Energy Helping Hands team really got in the spirit by wearing traditional dress and weren’t shy to help out with anything we asked of them throughout the day. “
“They were a great help and without volunteers we couldn’t deliver such a great celebration event every year.”