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From firewalls to fencing

Six IT support workers swapped managing firewalls and networks for fencing and composting during a community volunteering day at a local hospice.
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The six Technical Support Specialists for Fujitsu who are based in Whitehall and work on government contracts came to Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower at the suggestion of the wife of one of the volunteers.

Angela Dale, a Health Care Assistant on the hospice's Inpatient Unit suggested to husband Alan that he could bring a team of work colleagues to the hospice to help in the grounds for one of their corporate social responsibility days.

Alan then persuaded five work colleagues to help for a day under the direction of Claire White, the gardener at the hospice.

"I got the guys making fence posts out of tree branch cuttings and then using them to construct a large composting area in one corner of our extensive grounds," said Claire.

"They worked really hard and did a great job and thank to their efforts it will be easier to keep the gardens looking good and accessible to patients and their families all year round. We are always looking for more volunteers who are happy to commit a bit of time to help us maintain our beautiful grounds so if you can help please enquire via our website: sfh.org.uk," she added.

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From L to R: Alan Dale, Eddie Rees and Andy Cook together with Alan
and Angela's dog Archie.

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From L to R: Lester Wade, Jeff Hooper and Simon Peck with some of the
 newly prepared fence posts