Lakeside staff digging for charity

STAFF from Lakeside Shopping Centre dug out their gardening gloves and lent a hand at Little Havens Children’s Hospice last week as another good deed in a series of 21. Equipped with trowels, loppers and plenty of enthusiasm, the team overhauled a number of the hospice’s outdoor areas to maintain a beautiful space for the children to enjoy.

A garden shredder was also purchased by Lakeside which will support the upkeep of the extensive grounds at the hospice in Thundersley, just outside of Rayleigh.

Members of the Lakeside Customer Services, Marketing and Technical Services teams left their regular duties behind for the day while they lent a helping hand. Even though they were dampened by rain and exhausted by the end, they finished the day at Little Havens feeling immensely proud of the results of their hard work.

Kylie Minor, Acting Marketing Manager for Lakeside, says; “The work that Little Havens Children’s Hospice does is truly remarkable, which is why we’re committed to supporting them on an ongoing basis. It was a pleasure to be able send the team there in person to lend a hand in the gardens and we hope our contribution will make a positive difference to the lives of the children at Little Havens.”

Peter Hall, Fundraising Manager at Little Havens Children’s Hospice, says, “It will cost £2.4 million in 2011/12 to provide the unique and vital services that are entirely free of charge to all families, so donations and support are always welcome. The garden areas that the Lakeside team helped us with are such an important part of the environment that the children are able to enjoy with their families, so their time and enthusiasm were a big help.”

Lakeside has made a pledge to carry out 21 Good Deeds during 2011. Working with the local community and charities in the Essex area, the Lakeside team has been getting out and about, doing all they can to help with a number of hands-on projects.

Local causes are also being supported with donations of much-needed equipment and apparatus.

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