Lawyers dig in to help community project | 13 July 10

A TEAM of lawyers from Ward Hadaway swapped statutes for secateurs when they took up a charity challenge on Tyneside.

The Ward Hadaway team at Give and Gain Day

Digging in – the Ward Hadaway team prepare to clear a footpath at Waverdale open space in Walker as part of Business In The Community’s Give & Gain Day project.

The nine-strong group joined staff from some of the region’s other well-known businesses to help transform a former landfill site in Walker as part of the Give & Gain Day organised by Business In The Community.

Ward Hadaway’s team – Matthew Cormack, Russell Ward, Kirsty Leonard, Fiona Campbell, Louise Strachan, Joe Beeston, Steven Roper, Lauren McKinley, Donna Hunwick and Jennifer Morris – were given the task of clearing and creating a footpath through dense undergrowth at the Waverdale open space.

The site is next to an ongoing new school development and will eventually provide parks and gardens with interconnecting paths.

Armed with hedge cutters, shovels and secateurs, the Ward Hadaway team set about their task with gusto.

By the end of their seven-hour effort, the path had been successfully cleared, creating an important part of the Waverdale scheme, which is being masterminded by environmental charity Groundwork.

Matthew Cormack, trainee solicitor at Ward Hadaway, said: “It was quite a big task. The area itself was about 300 to 400 metres long and needed a lot of clearing and tidying up.

“We are not used to doing quite so much physical work and it got very hot in the afternoon so there were some pretty tired limbs by the end of the day but it was definitely worth it.

“It’s amazing what you can get done when you get a team of people all working together and we felt a real sense of achievement when we had finished.”

The Ward Hadaway team were amongst 155 workers from companies across the region who took part in the Give & Gain Day at Waverdale.

Staff from other businesses including John Lewis, Greggs and Siemens Energy also gave up a day to help on the project.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a firm, we believe in helping out the community wherever we can and the sterling work of the team on this project is ample evidence of that.

“Hopefully their work will contribute to the creation of a valuable open space which will really make a difference to the local community.”

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