Advantage’s ‘give a day of your time’ initiative encourages employees to take time out of their job to help a charity or provide valuable support to the local community. Recently, 10 members of Advantage Healthcare’s clinical team went to Swindon to volunteer at Prospect House Hospice.

The team, lead by Chief Nurse Andy Cook, were shown around the hospice and told how it operates, how it is funded and how volunteers can help, before being introduced to the head gardener. They were tasked with the responsibility of tidying and improving the hospice’s extensive gardens, allowing the patients to enjoy more time outdoors.

Between them they used old wooden pallets and flower troughs to build compost pens, painted an arbour and cleared the garden and paths of weeds, moss and overgrown or dead plants.

Lisa Holden, one of the volunteers, said “Prospect Hospice staff and volunteers do amazing work, nothing is too much trouble, and they try very hard to raise vital funds which are all ploughed back into the home. They do this for the benefit of their patients, clients and visitors and to help create an environment which is a happy one, a bright one and a comfortable one.”

“We all went home feeling a great sense of pride and privilege to have been given the opportunity to try and make a difference for all those who are involved with the hospice.”

Sheryl Crouch, head of fundraising at Prospect Hospice, said: “Our very grateful thanks go out to the team at Advantage Healthcare for nominating Prospect Hospice as their charity to support through volunteering. The project to build three new composting bins in our grounds has made a big difference to our recycling operation”.

“Without the support of you and others like you we really could not continue to deliver our care to over 2,300 patients that we see each year, On behalf of everyone at Prospect Hospice I would like to offer my sincere thanks”.

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