Chief executive Mark Carne and Network Rail's IP track team travelled to CLIC House, one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home in Bristol, to spend the day volunteering in the garden.
CLIC House supports children, young people and their families from across the entire south west of England and provides free self-catering accommodation near to the specialist children cancer treatment centre in Bristol Children’s Hospital.
It offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for families from the minute they step through the door.
Ann, House Manager at CLIC House, has personal experience of having a child with cancer (she lost her youngest daughter to the disease) and works tirelessly to support families, ensuring that they have everything they need during this difficult time.
CLIC House supports approximately 30 families each month; some families stay for just a night, whilst others stay for up to 15 months, depending on their child’s treatment.
CLIC House is therefore extremely busy, and Ann has little time to tend to the four large gardens linked to the home. This is where Network Rail stepped in to help!
Network Rail volunteering
The team of nine were tasked with clearing the gardens and taking back all the trees and bushes to make the area more manageable for Ann to look after in the future.
Volunteers quickly got to work chopping, weeding and clearing, and when it became apparent there would be a large amount of rubbish at the end of the day, called in reinforcements in the form of P Way Bristol (thanks to Pete Stutt, Michael Shephard, Samuel Phipps, Jack Simms, Dale Humphreys and Paul Kingsbury).
Five hours later and two-and-a-half trucks of garden waste lighter, the gardens were totally transformed - much to Ann’s delight and CLIC House residents’ amazement!
Ann, House Manager at CLIC House, said: “Thanks so much to the team at Network Rail. Their help in the CLIC House garden has made such a difference to the home and the families who stay here.
"The team worked really hard and completed so much in only one day and it was fantastic to see such a huge difference that will make the gardens a much nicer place for families.”
The team did a great job and worked non-stop in hot, wet, humid conditions to get the job done and CLIC Sargent could not be more grateful for their efforts.
A massive thank you to the team: Mark Carne, chief executive; Ash Lunt, financial controller; Kevin Percival, programme manager; Nick Lewis, programme manager; Helen Barnes, safety, environment and behaviour professional; Lisa Roberts, team organiser; Andy Hall, programme manager; and Dal Chatta, project director.