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NI Water volunteers help at Horatio’s Garden

22 February 2024 15:28

 | NI Water News

An enthusiastic team of NI Water volunteers helped in Horatio’s Garden at Musgrave Park Hospital on 20th February. Horatio’s Garden supports patients with spinal injuries from across the entirety of Northern Ireland, as well as people staying in the Amputee Rehabilitation Unit. A fantastic day was had by all helping this worthwhile charity to which NI Water Chairman, Dr Len O’Hagan CBE DL is Garden Patron.

The volunteering day is part of NI Water’s ‘Cares Challenge’ project which has been operating successfully for over ten years and is one of the largest corporate volunteering schemes in the province. To date over 1,700 staff have volunteered in 120 challenges, equating to more than 12,000 hours.

NI Water volunteer Gary Curran commented, “It was a great day out and a very worthwhile cause to support those who have found themselves with a life changing condition.”

As part of the programme, activities are planned for various groups throughout Northern Ireland each year and are set up in partnership with Business in the Community’s NI Cares Programme. The programme identifies organisations and charities within the local community who need a helping hand with physical tasks such as gardening and painting.

Rose Kelly, Director of People and Learning explained: “Our handy helpers have undertaken everything from gardening, painting and maintenance to environmental and fundraising days.  It is often the extra support that these groups require to enhance their facilities, improve the lives of their members and operate their centres successfully.

“Volunteering has also proved to be a key part of our health and wellbeing toolkit.  Our teams gain so much from the experience, not only by helping the community, but also having the chance to spend time with colleagues from around the business that they might not otherwise have a chance to meet.”

In the latest project, volunteers from across the organisation made a valuable contribution to Horatio’s Garden.



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