Charity

Ipswich’s Big 10 charity team to volunteer with the Papworth Trust on two garden makeovers

Seventeen team members from Pure’s Ipswich office will be spending the day volunteering for the Papworth Trust tomorrow (Friday 5 August) by helping to transform the gardens of two local residents.

The Papworth Trust is a leading charity which supports disabled and older people across the east of England. Its services include providing professional care and support to people in their own homes. When Pure approached the Trust to see how they could help support its community work they were tasked with the challenge of completing garden makeovers for two of its home-care clients.

Pure’s volunteering team will be split into two groups, with one spending the morning gardening and the second group taking over in the afternoon. Each of the garden makeovers will also have a particular theme. One will be made into more of a sensory garden experience which will include painting brightly coloured planters and adding lots of herbs and fragranced plants, and the second garden will be themed around the resident’s passion for trains.

Lucy Plumb, Executive Assistant at Pure and part of the volunteering team, said: “We’ve seen pictures of what the gardens look like at the moment and both are really in need of attention to be able to make them relaxing and enjoyable spaces again.  There will be a lot of work involved including painting, weeding, planting, re-turfing and pressure-washing, but we are all really looking forward to the challenge. We hope that giving up just one day of our time will help to make a long-term difference for these residents and also enable us to play our part in supporting the Trust’s fantastic work to help disabled people to continue living their lives to the full.”

The volunteering day is the latest event in Pure’s 10 year-anniversary campaign. The #IpswichBig10 initiative was organised to mark a decade since the professional recruitment agency first opened its Ipswich office. The team has pledged to take part in, or organise, a series of different events to raise money for 10 different local charities throughout 2016. Charities which have already benefited include East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, East Anglian Air Ambulance, St Helena’s Hospice, Brightstars and Ormiston Families.