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Brett 110 - What A Difference A Day Makes

During the summer months many Brett employees made the most of the good weather, helping out with outdoor projects such as ground maintenance, improving facilities for animals and gardening as part of the Brett 110th year employee volunteering project.

To mark the milestone of 110 years as an independent business, all employees across the Brett Group have been given the opportunity to take a paid day off work to volunteer their services at a local charity or community organisation of their choice. 

In some cases, colleagues have come together to form working parties, while in others, individuals have gone solo, giving their time and effort to worthy causes dear to their hearts. Each employee has also been able to present their chosen charity with a cheque for £110 from Brett Group.

New Kennels For The RSPCA

One of the charities to benefit from this initiative was the RSPCA rescue and rehoming centre in Martlesham, Suffolk where Joanna Caley, Laura Gregg, Peter Gould, Jenny Watts and Rachel Wright from Brett Aggregates’ Waldringfield Offices and Quarry chose to spend their day helping out.

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The Martlesham RSPCA centre helps animals in the local area through rehoming, rehabilitation and provision of services such as veterinary care, neutering, microchipping and advice. The centre had recently installed a number of new dog kennels and the team’s task for the day was to paint these in readiness for the winter months.

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The transformation achieved was much appreciated by the centre staff.

Garden Clearing At Charity’s New School

Hannah Ferry, Caitlin McGhee, Lucy Thomas and Emma Wilson from Canterbury and Faversham spent a productive day volunteering for the Louie’s Helping Hands charity which was set up to help improve the lives and futures of children in South East, aged between two and 11, with multi-sensory impairments and physical difficulties.

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The charity recently built a brand-new Special Needs school at Quex Park near Manston in Kent – the Llewellyn School and Nursery, which will provide much-needed social and developmental activities for disabled children as well as activities for family members.

The Brett volunteers spent the day preparing the garden for the official opening of the school on 9th September. They set about scrubbing decking, washing furniture and clearing stinging nettles and thistles.

Riding For The Disabled

A team from our Canterbury Head Office volunteered at Cobbs Meadow, a Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) centre near Canterbury, which relies on charitable donations and support. The riding school provides fun activities like horse riding and carriage driving, for those with both physical and mental disabilities, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and try their hand at something different.

The 12-strong team from Brett spent the day laying concrete, fence painting and grass cutting, building a neat enclosure and firm base for the dung heap, giving the outdoor school a facelift and weather-proofing fencing and gates.  

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The volunteering team on the day were:

Henry Carter, Tracy Carver, Emma Dawson, Rob Dodgson, Nigel Fisher, Richard Ford, David Greenaway, Sue Johnson, Gregor Mutch, Shyam Pankhania, Carly Pope and Carla White

A Helping Hand For Bexhill Scout Group

Proving that a lot can also be achieved single-handed, Dan Daly from Brett Concrete volunteered his services at the 3rd Bexhill Scout Group which supports the development of local youngsters, between the ages of six and 14, helping them to reach their full potential. Dan spent his day clearing overgrown vegetation from around the scout hut and storage shed and carrying out repair work.

Each of these worthwhile projects show what a difference a day makes.  Well done to all involved!