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Electrical designers help homeless charity

Gardens at a hostel for homeless people have been given a makeover by volunteers.

From Press releases - 4 November 2021 12:00 AM

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A team of ten staff from UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity across the East of England, gathered to help Stevenage-based Haven First, who support the homeless with temporary accommodation.

Peter Brown and Abby Cardall organised and led the day clearing overgrown front and rear gardens at the charity’s Letchworth Garden City property, as well as cleaning and tidying inside.

The work was completed just before new beneficiaries moved into the accommodation, which is one of two homes the charity owns alongside three hostels.

Haven First provides emergency accommodation and support services to single homeless people across Hertfordshire and the means to move forward into secure and settled lifestyles in the community.

Peter, a lead design engineer at UK Power Networks, said: “The company’s Donate a Day scheme is a way of giving back to the community and we wanted to do something that would make a difference to a local charity.

“The team worked hard on both gardens at the property and those who run the charity said they were astonished at the transformation.

“We would definitely like to assist the charity again on a different project if they require our help.”

Abby added: “I wanted to organise a day we could all contribute to as a team and we all have huge respect for the important work that Haven First do locally.”

Debbie Harper, connect services manager for Haven First, said: “We would like to thank the UK Power Networks team for the fantastic work they did for us, it’s much appreciated by everyone.

“The house we use in Letchworth is used as a stepping stone towards independent living so that the people who come to us can move on in a planned and positive way.” 

UK Power Networks gives its staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in their local community.