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!