EDF workers’ parting gift to colleague and community stalwart

Raymond Knox (right) along with the Helping Hands team at Grindon Young People's Centre
Raymond Knox (right) along with the Helping Hands team at Grindon Young People's Centre
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KIND colleagues gave up their spare time to help out a devoted worker as he retired.

Customer services staff from EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, helped decorate and donate the materials needed for the refurbishment of the Grindon Young People’s Centre, as a parting gesture for Raymond Knox.

Raymond, 64, from Red House, who is chairman of the centre and now a former EDF Energy worker, said: “The work the Helping Hands team completed made a fantastic difference to the centre.

“It is now much more welcoming for the users and appealing to those who really value this space, to use for a range of community activities.”

Grindon Young People’s Centre has been open for 60 years and hosts nursery playgroups, youth clubs and sports clubs for all ages.

The centre is a charitable organisation and is partially-funded by Sunderland City Council. It costs £20,000 a year to run, which is largely provided through fund-raising activities and donations.

Raymond, who gave five years of service to EDF, is looking forward to continuing his work as chairman of the centre with the help of his wife of 40 years, Betty.

He said: “I remember going to the centre when I was 12 with a friend for a game of football, and I’ve never left since. It’s become part of my life. I am fully dedicated to the centre and the community which rely on it.”