Npower staff offer Stoneferry Primary a helping hand
Released on: March 4, 2009, 5:43 am
Eight volunteers from npower’s Hull offices on Clough Road
were given the opportunity to offer a helping hand to Stoneferry
Primary School this week. The staff took time out of their working day
to help tackle a gardening project with the head teacher in order to
improve the school environment for the pupils and teachers to enjoy.
On arrival at the school, donned in npower
t-shirts, the volunteers were first introduced to the whole school in morning
assembly. It was here that they had the opportunity to explain to the children where
they had come from, their purpose for visiting the school and the aims of the task.
After this, the npower staff fully immersed themselves in the project, stopping only
for lunch with the children.
The volunteers sowed plants, laid bark chippings, installed a bird feeder and cut
back overgrown shrubbery. At the end of the afternoon an area of the playground had
been rejuvenated into a bright, vibrant place for children to play in and hopefully
attract some wildlife to the area.
Head Teacher Jo Harrison was delighted with the team’s efforts, commenting: "Our
school is surrounded by industry and the initiative provided a great opportunity for
a local company close to Stoneferry Primary school to become involved in community
work. We are very grateful to npower and the staff who all volunteered - giving
their time and money in making a big difference to our school environment."
Leading the npower volunteering team, Lisa Thompson added: "The team had a fantastic day undertaking their
volunteering task and worked really hard in getting the playground more accessible
for the children. The challenge was to bring more greenery to the area with various
plants and a bird box to attract wildlife. The playground is now a safer environment
and we feel this project was a great chance to make a positive contribution to the
local school children."
npower encourages its personnel to take on volunteering tasks to benefit local
communities and the day was run in conjunction with CSV (Community Service
Volunteers), who deliver the employee volunteer programme for RWE npower.
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npower is one of Britain's largest
electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6
million customers across the UK. RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious
CommunityMark from Business in
the Community (BITC).
npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to
receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been
created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who
have brought about real and positive changes.
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