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Power workers have a fruitful day

Volunteers from the country’s largest electricity company made sure they didn’t upset the apple cart – instead they filled it with thousands of apples for charity.

From Press releases - 1 October 2019 12:00 AM

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Employees from UK Power Networks’ offices in Bury St Edmunds and Potters Bar spent a day picking apples at Tewin Orchard nature reserve in Welwyn.

A total of 16 staff volunteered for the day in support of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust who are hosting an annual community apple day starting from midday on Sunday 6 October. The voluntary work was part of UK Power Networks’ Donate A Day scheme which gives the company’s 6,000 staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities.

The fruit picked by the volunteers will mostly be pressed and sold as juice, others will be for sale and display at the event which will raise funds and awareness about the importance of orchards nationwide.

Sean Tyrrell, a Commercial manager for UK Power Networks said: “We managed to pick a significant number of apples and filled all of the containers available with apples for pressing into juice and for show at Apple Day.

“It is great to be able to get together as a wider team and help out in this way, especially with such a big event on the horizon for the charity. We had a lot of fun, but what we enjoyed most of all was making our own contribution to such a fantastic cause.”

Nila James, Fundraising Manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said: “It was wonderful to welcome the UK Power Networks team again for their volunteer day out at Tewin Orchard. The team worked hard to harvest hundreds of apples which will be sold either whole or as apple juice at the trust’s Apple Day on Sunday 6 October. The team’s hard work not only helped care for the orchard but will also help raise vital funds to support our work caring for local wildlife.”