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Ford workers go further for hospice

An accounting team swapped pens and keyboards for spades and shears when they spent the day working in the gardens of a local hospice.
Pic B Steve Denmark tends the flowerbed
13 men and women from the property accounting team at Ford Motor Company based in Warley, near Brentwood spent Friday 21st August working in the extensive gardens at Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower. 

Gary Scott, Manager, European Property Accounting, explained why they were digging in the garden rather than compiling spreadsheets: "Ford gives all employees a couple of days a year to use for community service. Employees can use those days to do something individually or get together with their work colleagues to work together on a project which is what we decided to do."

Pic A Kristian Randall pruning back bushes resized
Alan Hayward, a Finance Analyst and another of the members of Gary's team said;" We got together as a team to decide what to do and I suggested we spend the day helping Saint Francis Hospice as a former colleague of ours, Julie Horner, had been looked after by the hospice before her death earlier this year. We got in touch with Gill Wendelken at the volunteers' office at the hospice and she arranged this work day for us under the guidance of Claire White, the hospice's gardener and Ellen Hampshire from the Volunteers office." (Pictured: Kristian Randall pruning bushes near the Inpatient Unit).

Gary said the team enjoyed their day: "It was a really rewarding day and nice to get some fresh air and to do something useful for the local community."

Claire White said: "It was lovely to have the help of the team from Ford and I'm so grateful for all their work. We try and keep the gardens looking as good as possible so they can be enjoyed by the patients and their visitors and the team really helped tidy up the garden next to our inpatient unit." 

Pic A Kristian Randall pruning back bushes resized
The group of volunteers from Ford Property Accounting with Ellen Hampshire (on the left) and Claire White (centre at the back) in the garden at Saint Francis Hospice.