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A556 Team Volunteer at Local Children’s Charity

30 August 2016

A team of volunteers working on the Highways England A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement scheme have given up their time in order to help carry out essential maintenance work at a local charity, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

Based at Booths Bank farm, approximately 1.5 miles from the scheme site office, the charity has a rolling maintenance programme to ensure the upkeep of their amazing facilities.  Staff from Costain got their hands dirty digging out old play equipment and painting the donkey house.

The Children's Adventure Farm Trust provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. The needs of the children visiting The Adventure Farm range from complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse.

Jade Brundrett, Accounts Assistant said “We all loved helping out at CAFT – it’s a fantastic charity that really makes a difference to those who use the centre. As our scheme’s charity of the Year, we want to support them in any way that we can, whether it is through fundraising or volunteering.”

Alistair Lang from CAFT commented “We are so grateful to Costain for giving up their time and expertise to help out at the Adventure Farm recently.  Their team were fantastic and achieved so much.  They worked so hard to remove a huge piece of broken play equipment, making the area safe once more for children to play in and creating space for new equipment.  They also managed to fit in some painting, and our Dinki Donkey stables now look very smart indeed!  We really can’t thank them all enough and are very much looking forward to working with them again in the future.”

Employee volunteering is one of Costain’s community focused sustainability priorities for 2016, as outlined in the Company’s Sustainability Strategy. Costain’s ‘Hour Pledge’ campaign asks staff to donate 10,000 hours of their working time to good causes in 2016.

The scheme has arranged another volunteering day for September and will also be hosting a spooky Welly Walk in aid of the Charity on Sunday 30th October. Tickets are available from www.tinyurl.com/a556wellywalk.

 

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