The nation’s Thursday evening clap for carers has been an uplifting and emotional way to show our huge support and gratitude to all of the key workers keeping the country going during the pandemic.
Many of the people we are clapping for are volunteers who have given up their spare time to help the country get through the crisis.
This week, we are celebrating Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) and this year it is more poignant than ever. At nmcn, we actively encourage our staff to volunteer and as part of our Positive Impact Plan, all of our employees can take three working days a year to volunteer at a charity or organisation of their choice.
This week has given us a chance to reflect on the volunteering achievements of our people, ranging from helping the NHS, local causes and projects in South Africa.
Our site manager Andy Spraggett recently signed up to the NHS volunteering scheme. Alongside his day job, Andy has been collecting prescriptions from pharmacies and delivering them to people in isolation. He said: “I wanted to do my bit to help the NHS during this incredibly tough time. The staff at the pharmacy are so grateful for my support, which is a really good feeling.”
As a company, we have also supported respiratory nurses based near to our head office at Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield – with a donation that’s provided refreshments for those working tirelessly to provide care for those in need.
Our volunteering achievements haven’t stopped there. Prior to the pandemic, our pre-construction director Alex Spencer travelled to South Africa to build a sensory garden for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Continuing the green-fingered theme, Paul Depadova, Chris Gould, Joe Millward, John Millward and Karl Craddock from our water business unit volunteered for Parkside High CIC in Derbyshire. They helped to complete ‘Garden 61’ which will become a vital tool for the charity, which supports young people aged 6-18 to reach their true potential.
Our people have also volunteered at Nottingham’s Wollaton Garden Activity, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Woodland Management to improve the area and make it more accessible for the public.
We are truly proud of the volunteering work of our team during the pandemic and beyond and we are grateful for every volunteer throughout the UK.
To show our gratitude, we’ve put together a special video to say thank you to all frontline workers and volunteers supporting us during this time. Watch it here
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