Sheffield office workers join Give and Gain day effort

Debbie Bennett, Andrew Bryan and Jude Ford - volunteers from John Lewis Sheffield
Debbie Bennett, Andrew Bryan and Jude Ford - volunteers from John Lewis Sheffield
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A team of Sheffield office workers has shown the importance of downing tools to smell the roses - or at least helping to plant some.

More than 170 employees from across the city left their desk jobs behind to spend the day volunteering in the community, as part of national Give & Gain day.

The volunteers - from companies including Carillion plc, Irwin Mitchell, John Lewis and Sheffield International Venues - undertook a staggering amount of work, transforming a disused play area into a community garden, clearing streams and paths and repainting benches in Chapeltown.

27-year-old Andrew Bryan, of John Lewis Sheffield, said: “This is my second year volunteering and it’s really rewarding tackling such a big job and seeing your results at the end of it. Plus it’s lovely to be outdoors.”

Give & Gain Day, organised by the Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community since 2008, is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. This year, 35,000 employees, from businesses across the UK, were expected to volunteer in their areas.

Sarah Shaw, from Business In The Community, said: “Sheffield companies get involved in this day year-after-year because they feel a responsibility to their local community and it’s a lovely thing for their employees to be able to do.”

The Sheffield team also donated tinned food for the High Green food bank.

Jason Dickinson, Secretary of Friends of Charlton Brook, said: “There are about six of us normally working in this part of the community, tackling the jobs that - today - we have 170 people doing.

“You can’t buy that kind of manpower and we’re so grateful for everybody’s hard work.”