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08 August 2016


Southend University Hospital’s gardener, Tony Haggar, was given a helping hand recently by a team of volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the organisation's corporate volunteer day scheme.

The business and personal banking team helped transform a weed-infested area of the hospital's Day Stay Unit to help create a tranquil area for patients and staff to enjoy time out from the ward.

Deputy team leader at RBS, Jessie Pickford, said: "We've really enjoyed it. It's great to get away from our desks and seeing what we've achieved as a team."

RBS provides corporate volunteer days to teams of staff, allowing them to leave the office for a day in order to help out at a project or place. Over the last two years several RBS teams have chosen to help with the gardens at Southend Hospital - much to the delight of Tony Haggar, who welcomes the regular team blitzes.

Jane O'Connell, Southend Hospital voluntary services manager, said: "We are so lucky to have the support of RBS. The team really got stuck in and cleared a massive area in a matter of hours."