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Volunteers’ efforts bring Xmas cheer to nursing home

Volunteers from the country’s biggest electricity company helped residents get into the Christmas spirit when they visited Stowlangtoft Hall nursing home.

From Press releases - 7 December 2017 12:00 AM

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Employees from UK Power Networks’ offices at nearby Bury St Edmunds delivered some festive cheer by helping residents make Christmas decorations and cards.

A total of seven staff volunteered over two days with a series of craft activities designed to bring out the residents’ creative side.

Lorraine Peachey, a planning assistant for UK Power Networks who organised the visits, said:  “It was amazing to experience how involved the residents got in the craft activities. We got a fantastic response and everyone produced some lovely cards and decorations.

“From our own point of view, it was great to be able to get together as a team and help the local community in this way and we will certainly try to go back again at a later date to maintain the link with Stowlangtoft Hall going forward.”

Claire Clifton and Lynn Bennington, activities co-ordinators at Stowlangtoft Hall, said “Our residents really enjoyed their afternoons with the volunteers.

“They are very proud of the Christmas cards and decorations they made together, and always love to see and chat to visitors from the world outside the home.

“We are grateful to the team from UK Power Networks for their support and would love to welcome them back for more sessions next year.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers the East of England’s electricity supplies, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community.

Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company’s volunteering scheme.

This week is World Charity Week and UK Power Networks staff have raised £67,000 this year for charity, including more than £4,000 to its chosen charity Age UK, with further events planned before the end of the year.