01-06-2015

Speedy volunteers have been using their green fingers to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to a very deserving teenager in St Helen’s.  

Robert Doward, 16, who lives in Clock Face, has Down’s Syndrome as well as limited mobility, learning difficulties, hypothyroidism and partial hearing and sight. He can now enjoy a scenic and easily accessible back garden, thanks to a team of Speedy employees who spent two days transforming the overgrown and inaccessible space.

As well as volunteering their time, the Newton-le-Willows based company also donated a variety of tools, equipment and building materials, which were used to create a fun softplay and sensory area in the back garden.

Robert’s condition has prevented him from eating properly for several years, but recently he’s taken a keen interest in learning about horticulture at school and has been growing fresh produce to expand the range of foods he can eat.

Team Speedy also installed raised beds so Robert can grow the fruit and vegetables he loves and revamped the family shed into a perfect place to store his gardening tools.

The project was organised by WellChild, as part of its Helping Hands scheme which helps families caring for children and young people by working with volunteers from companies to complete one off home improvement projects.

Shelley Kemp, Speedy’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, said: “At Speedy we value the opportunity to give something back to the communities in which we work and encourage our employees in their charitable activities.

“Transforming Robert’s garden was a true team effort and an absolute pleasure – we hope it brings much happiness to the Doward family over the coming years.”

Alastair Higginbottom, WellChild Helping Hands Co-ordinator, said: “Speedy’s volunteers made the garden safe and secure, adding a sensory area and vegetable patches. It looks fantastic and will make a tremendous difference to the lives of Robert and his family.”

Speedy is committed to supporting communities with positive social action through employee volunteering and has helped with numerous Helping Hands projects with WellChild over the years.

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