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Youngsters play with mud and water thanks to power workers

A group of tiny tots can now enjoy playing with mud and water thanks to volunteers from UK Power Networks in Bury St Edmunds.

From Press releases - 12 June 2019 12:00 AM

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A team, who all work together for the country’s largest electricity distributor, got their hands dirty at Tiddlywinks, a charity run pre-school in Stretham near Ely. The voluntary work was part of the company’s Donate A Day scheme and was the idea of Alexa Hardy, whose daughter attends the nursery.

They constructed a two-metre square raised bed for mud play, a water pipe feature, a border for the flower beds and removed a broken flower bed and a tree.

Alexa said: “I chose to organise the day because my daughter attends the pre-school and they had not been able to get enough volunteers to help with the work. The company volunteer days were a perfect opportunity. It was wonderful to see what my colleagues can do together, they worked so hard. The children were out playing in the mud pit the next day and my daughter came home covered in mud and was very happy indeed!”

Alexa said the preschool were “incredibly happy” with the work and many parents were impressed with what they had created.

Susan Yardy from Tiddlywinks said; "The work that has been completed in our outdoor space has enriched the children's learning. They have created a play area that is just amazing and provides endless thought provoking challenges for our children."

The power company that makes sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East clocked up well over 2,000 hours of volunteering by staff in 2018.