NI Water volunteer at Southern Area Hospice in Newry

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015
A team of handy helpers from NI Water recently paid a visit to the Southern Area Hospice in Newry to help enhance current facilities. niwater12Twenty volunteers from across the organisation volunteered to spend a day working in the garden of St John’s House tidying and clearing parts of the garden, removing concrete paving and relaying flags to improve the appearance for residents. The majority of the staff who volunteered live and work in the Newry area and many of them have connections with the Hospice. Local staff also raised funds to pay for some of the materials. Volunteering on the day was NI Water’s Director of Finance, Ronan Larkin. He told Newry Times, “As a local from the Newry area this was a challenge I was delighted to be a part of. “NI Water’s ‘Cares Challenge’ programme plans activities for various groups throughout Northern Ireland and are set up in partnership with Business in the Community’s NI Cares Programme. “NI Water is at the forefront of staff volunteering activity and over the last three years, we have undertaken over forty volunteer events, contributing nearly 4,000 volunteering hours involving almost 600 staff!” The Southern Area Hospice Services provides invaluable support and care to people living within the Southern Health Board Area, who are suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS. NI Water’s volunteering policy increases the time employees can spend undertaking volunteering activities to help benefit the greater community. The programme identifies organisations and charities within the local community who need a helping hand with physical tasks such as gardening and painting.
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