B&Q colleagues go green for hospice garden makeover


B&Q colleagues at the Riverside, Netherfield and Eastwood stores have come together to give their local hospice a helping hand. The team helped replace, repair and replenish the much-used gardens at Nottinghamshire Hospice before sharing their top tips on gardening and general home improvement with hospice staff.

Nottinghamshire Hospice is a community-based palliative care centre which provides high quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses, their families and their carers.

The centre helps people who are thought to be in the last year of their life to live as actively and as well as possible, with care that puts the highest value on dignity, choice and respect. The grounds of the hospice were in much need of some renovation and, as a part of B&Q’s aim to make home improvement accessible for everyone,the team couldn’t wait to get started.

Elaine Hopkins, community Fundraiser for Nottinghamshire Hospice said:

“We cannot thank the B&Q team enough, they were fantastic. With their help, we purchased a new shed as well as special outdoor paint; this was in addition to all those hours and expertise they volunteered. We “add life to days” so it is important that our environment is a welcoming place and keeping the gardens looking nice and the building in good repair is essential to this.”

Jonno Warnes, Unit Manager at B&Q Netherfield said:

“To be involved with such a wonderful charity is incredible. As well as man-hours, we had a quick whip around to buy staff a garden vac’ so they can now deal with all the leaves which blow around in the windy weather. It was an amazing experience, we all love helping out in the community.”

B&Q colleagues are experts in home improvement and they’re passionate about sharing these skills with local communities. Nottinghamshire Hospice is one of eight community project partnerships that the retail has recently undertook. B&Q is also an official partner of the housing and homeless charity Shelter.

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