Virgin Media Volunteer at Percy Hedley School

We were so grateful when Glenn, who’s grandson attends Percy Hedley School and who works for Virgin Media, approached Percy Hedley School to ask whether he could come in to participate in some volunteering. Both himself, and his colleague Geoff then arranged to come into the school for some volunteering days.

After looking at the Outdoor Learning area, rather than just helping out with some weeding, Glenn explained that they would team up with their contractor, Utility Support Solutions (USS) to see if they could get a better path installed, all at their expense.  In only a few days, the whole of the existing path, including a paved area, had all been taken up and re-laid with fresh tarmac!  Glenn and Geoff returned to tidy the area ready for the Grand opening on Monday.  

The work that these generous people have carried out has made a huge difference to school.  We now have an area that is accessible all year round, by ALL students at school. Here they are enjoying the grand opening complete with soup and marshmallows!

John, teacher at Percy Hedley School said “We whole-heartedly believe in the benefits of Outdoor Learning, and we want to bring learning outdoors to as many of our students who like, want and need it. Thanks to everyone involved in this. Hopefully in time many of you will get to see the sensory parts, the dens, the raised beds and other things that the team put on there. Thank you again to Virgin Media and Utility Support Solutions.”

Virgin Media O2 gives staff paid volunteering days to support community projects – either in-person or digitally – which helps them build connections to their local community. With 18,000 employees working for the business, its staff donates thousands of hours of time each year to help charities, community groups, and schools throughout the UK.

Glenn Hughes said: “We’re thrilled to have put our volunteering days to good use and made a difference for a truly incredible school in Newcastle. This project will help future generations of children going to Percy Hedley and seeing the happiness it brings to the children is amazing.”

Thank you so much to all involved!

NCFE Helps Northern Counties School

A massive thanks to the team at NCFE for coming along to Northern Counties School to help improve our outdoor space.

Philip Le Feuvre, Kim Pattison, Mary Pooley, Janine Oliver, and Dawn Baker all rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the work at the school. They spent their time cleaning, tidying, sweeping, painting… all with a big smile on their face!

Jo Allen, Headteacher at Northern Counties School, had lots of jobs for the NCFE volunteers to complete to help refurbish and tidy up the playground. The team had a busy day transforming rusty railings into bright blue bolts along the pathway, staining the rollercoaster fencing, and painting Percy’s bench. 

Dawn Baker, Director of Innovation and Investments, started fighting the foliage and completely converted the overgrown borders of the playground by lopping and cropping ivy, tree branches, and weeds! 

“It was a pleasure to be able to lend a hand”
– Philip Le Feuvre, NCFE Chief Strategy Officer

Philip Le Feuvre, Chief Strategy Officer, commented: “After many months of working remotely, it was a real pleasure to get together as a team in person and focus our physical efforts on a great cause. Whilst some of our (my) DIY skills left a lot to be desired, we felt very proud to be able to improve the school and social environments of young people in the local area. The Northern Counties School plays a vital role in the local and regional community and forms an essential part of the education ecosystem. It was our pleasure and privilege to be able to lend a hand.” 

“We’re really grateful to the volunteers from NCFE for their time and effort, which has made a huge difference to our playground area. This will benefit the learners at our school greatly”
– Jo Allen, North Counties School Headteacher