BT volunteers bring garden back to life

A team of BT employees gave up their time to transform a garden.

A team of BT employees from Bournemouth Telephone Exchange, gave up their time on this year’s Give and Gain Day to transform a garden for local vulnerable young people.

BCHA’s Felix House, located in Bournemouth, provides supported accommodation for young people who have faced homelessness. In May, a team of volunteers from BT arrived at Felix House loaded with plants, paint, garden furniture and a lot of determination, to transform the garden in to a positive place to be.

The group spent the morning digging, weeding and clearing the garden, before sprucing up the flowerbeds with some colourful plants, giving the external walls and decking a fresh coat of paint and building a BBQ and some garden furniture. Altogether a team of 20 BT employees were involved – either working in the garden or behind the scenes – spending time visiting the site and buying materials and tools in preparation for the day.

Pauline Goldsmith, a Risk and Audit Analyst at BT, commented: “We are really thrilled that we were able to make such a difference and that the residents now have a garden they can relax in and have social events with their friend

“I heard that the residents had a BBQ after we left, so it is great to hear that they all love the garden and are already using it. We all had a great time, although I think everyone ached the next day!”

Naomi James, BCHA Project Leader of Felix House, commented: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely volunteers from BT who worked so tirelessly on improving the garden at Felix House. They have completely transformed it in to such a lovely space for our residents - fingers crossed for a hot summer so as residents can get lots of use from our new BBQ!”

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