While passengers jet off on their summer holidays, staff at London Stansted aren’t taking a break as they show off their gardening skills to help two local good causes.
Teams of green-fingered volunteers went out last week to spruce up the Gardens of Easton Lodge near Great Dunmow and tidy up the land surrounding Millard House care home in Bocking near Braintree.
In the last year 350 airport employees have given over 7000 hours of their time to volunteer in the local community.
The airport encourages its staff to offer their skills on a voluntary basis to not only help strengthen ties with the areas in which colleagues live and work, but to also support employee wellbeing and engagement.
Cheryl Ferris, Airside Security Officer and Bocking resident, said:
“We had a great day and it was time well spent helping others. You don’t realise how rewarding volunteering is until you do it, it makes you feel good knowing your time and effort means so much to someone else.”
Paul Grimwood, Programme Delivery Manager, lives in Braintree and spent a day volunteering at the Gardens of Easton Lodge, said:
“We all had a wonderful day. I’m a regular visitor to the Gardens with my family so it was an absolute pleasure to take the team out and support this excellent project. I think we really made a difference in such a short space of time.”
Claire Matthews, Trustee of Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, said:
“Everyone involved with the Gardens of Easton Lodge would like to say a huge thank you to the team from Stansted Airport who came to help on 8th August. Their enthusiasm for hard work and fun approach got the mammoth task of raking and clearing all the dead vegetation from the north side of the glade done in an unbelievably short space of time. All the overhanging trees in the whole area of the glade were then given where necessary an overdue haircut. The fantastic results at the end of the day were there for all to see.”
Sue Wells from Millhard House care home, said:
“On behalf of the residents, staff and management, we’d like to thank the airport volunteers very much for their hard work in helping to transform our car park area. We have all been very pleased with the results and the painted fence looks fresh and smart. The garden area where they cleared the rubbish was previously unused so it's wonderful that we now have additional space where residents can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. The work done by volunteers is invaluable because it means that money that we would have been spent on painting the fence can now be used to bring in an outside entertainer or some other type of treat which will benefit everyone.”
Marcella M’Rabety, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at London Stansted, said:
“The holiday season doesn’t mean we stop volunteering in the local community. Our staff love being able to make a real difference and contribute their time, experience and knowledge to help valuable causes and projects. We fully support our staff in giving both work time and their own time to local projects, and reward and celebrate their support via our own recognition schemes. We welcome requests from a whole range of projects and will always do our best to find teams to support activity if it takes place in communities close by or linked to the airport.”
Projects, organisations, charities and schools are welcome to request assistance from the London Stansted Airport community team. Details should be sent to email@example.com for the team to assess what help can be offered, depending on project and operational availability of staff.