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Hospice garden makeover on track thanks to rail firm
A team from railway engineering firm Colas Rail took time away from the track to volunteer their time and expertise.
Over 40 workers who are based in Brentwood and across East Anglia, spent two days at the charity in Havering-atte-Bower laying pathways, building furniture, painting tables and benches and de-weeding its award-winning gardens.
They were joined by workers from neighbouring companies BPH Rail and High Motive iwho also gave up their time and equipment to help the Hospice.
"This work carried out by Colas Rail and colleagues will save the Hospice thousands of pounds and we are incredibly grateful for this fantastic support," said Corporate Partnerships Manager, Tom Murtagh.
"The tasks that the teams carried out have completely transformed a slightly tired area of the garden and will mean that patients and families are able to continue enjoying our beautiful grounds.
'The support we receive from the business community is so important to us and means we are able to deliver the outstanding care given by our nurses and healthcare professionals to those that need it."
The national company has offices and staff working the railways across the country and it was the Brentwood office who initially got in touch with the Hospice to see what they could do to help.
"Every year we nominate a good cause and I suggested Saint Francis Hospice because I know about the wonderful work it does for patients and their families as my aunt and cousin's husband were cared for by the charity," said Office Manager Theresa Weal.
Assistant Project Manager David McCann added, "No one knows when they may need the support of the Hospice and this is something little we can do that will make a big impact."