Staff from a renowned clothing brand have been digging deep to help out a city respite centre which will soon be caring for poorly youngsters.
A team of eight Berghaus staff members worked hard for the day at Grace House to overhaul its sensory garden and fruit and vegetable patch after a long winter at the purpose built facility had left them looking far from their best.
The partnership with Berghaus went a step further, as the team donated a range of waterproof jackets and trousers to be used by their regular community garden volunteers.
The charity, based in Southwick, offers short-break care to severely disabled children aged five to 18.
The site provides a home from home where children and young people can come and stay overnight and enjoy the exciting ‘sleep-over’ experience that many disabled children miss out on.
This gives family members an opportunity to have a rest and recharge their batteries, safe in the knowledge that their disabled child is safe, happy and well looked after.
Dr Karen Parry, chief executive at Grace House North East, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome staff from Berghaus.
“They have transformed the gardens here and to be given such top quality gear for our regular garden volunteers to wear is fantastic.”
Helen Curran, marketing development manager for Berghaus, said: “It was a privilege to spend a day helping out in the garden and get an insight into the fantastic work that Grace House North East does.
“It was clear just how important the grounds are to the disabled children who come and stay there.
“The dedicated local people who volunteer regularly in the garden deserve to be warm and dry as they carry out their vital role and Berghaus is very pleased to help out.”
Staff from Grace House will be at the Cheeki Monkeys baby items sale event at St Mark’s Community Association, in Millfield, on Saturday, April 2, from 1pm to 3pm, with a selection of pre-loved toys and books.