Gardens fit for a banana

A group of eager employees from the Marketing & Communications Department at Surrey University took part in a day of volunteering at Woking Hospice yesterday, Tuesday 17th May.

Jo, Head of Marketing at the university, approached the Volunteer Services Department to see if there was any way in which a team of 8 could lend a hand as part of their charity day. She explained:

“We have 60 people in our Marketing & Communications team at Surrey University and we wanted to choose some local charities for the whole team to volunteer in. Some of them expressed an interest in working for a hospice and as such we thought of Woking & Sam Beare as an ideal place to offer our time.”

Armed with rakes, hoes and gardening gloves, the group were let loose on the gardens to give them a thorough tidy up in time for the summer.

Mary Morgan from the Volunteer Services Department came out robed in her familiar banana suit to offer her thanks for their efforts. After the event she commented:

“It’s great to see such enthusiasm about volunteering from a really prestigious organisation such as Surrey University. We get a number of these enquiries for Corporate Charity Days during the year and we always try to accommodate them as we think it’s important to connect and build relationships with our local community. Now our gardens are spick and span, so if we get any more enquiries we will choose another area of the organisation where a team of people can make a huge difference for a day.

My dream scenario would be that this day has given some of the group a taste of how great it is to volunteer for us, and that some of them might enquire about joining the hospices to do a more long-term role. We have lots of opportunities for people to help out in the shops and with our Fundraising team. Anyone is welcome to come and talk to us and find out more!”

All information about the Volunteer Services Department, and roles available can be found here.