Law firm’s Gift is community’s Gain | 06 July 11

EMPLOYEES from law firm Ward Hadaway swapped legislation for cultivation when they took part in a charity event on Tyneside.

A ten-strong team from the UK Top 100 firm took up gardening tools to help repair and clear pathways around a new environmental education and business centre at West Boldon and make them suitable for wheelchair users as part of the Give & Gain Day organised by Business In the Community.

The West Boldon Lodge is operated by the Groundworks charity in partnership with National Grid and South Tyneside Council and is part of a network of centres developed with local authorities and charities to demonstrate how industry and the environment can co-exist.

The 13 hectare site comprises open water, wet and dry meadows, grassland, woodland, coppiced willow areas and scrub woodland.

The centre is managed by a team of dedicated, highly skilled staff and volunteers who provide a range of indoor and outdoor education activities for all ages.

Ward Hadaway’s team of volunteers - Russell Ward, Katy Curtiss, Steven Roper, Donna Hunwick, Katie Adams, Vicky Gleason, Tom Miller, Gillian Burns, Kirsty Leonard and team leader Fiona Campbell – worked throughout the day repairing and maintaining the footpaths as well as pruning and cutting back the vegetation in the area.

Fiona Campbell, normally an assistant solicitor in Ward Hadaway’s Employment Team when not leading the Give & Gain Day team, said: “It was quite a task to help clear and repair the footpaths as certain areas had become pretty overgrown and needed a lot of cutting back.

“However, everyone in the team really got stuck in and by the end of the day we felt as if we had really achieved something.

“Hopefully our work will have made a useful contribution to ensuring that people from right across the local community can use and enjoy what is a really valuable educational resource.”

The Ward Hadaway team were amongst more than 100 workers from companies across the region who took part in the Give & Gain Day at West Boldon Lodge.

Staff from other businesses including Sage, John Lewis, Greggs and BT 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 excellent work done by this team shows how we are prepared to really ‘muck in’ on projects.

“Their efforts and those of other companies which took part in the event will really make a difference in terms of improving and enhancing this resource for the local community.”

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