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Make a Difference Day in Surrey 2019

Every year we organise 2 inclusive volunteering events to involve groups of local businesses who donate their time to make a difference to the local community. Our mission is to inspire volunteers to ‘get up, get going and get active’.

Make a Difference Day is an important date in our volunteering calendar. It takes place at the beginning of October and it’s a chance for employees of local businesses to make a difference in Runnymede, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath.

If you and your colleagues are interested in a day outdoors helping the National Trust at Magna Carta on Tuesday 1st Oct or at Finchampstead Ridges on Wednesday 9th Oct please contact TJ@voluntarysupport.org.uk for more details.

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ADP Chertsey Volunteer at Sayes Court Green Spaces

Sayes Court is overrun with an invasive plant species called Himalayan Balsam which needs to be pulled to control the population and give other plants the opportunity to grow.  The volunteer crew from ADP had lots of energy and managed to clear an area far in excess of that expected.  They just got stuck in despite the hot sun and nettles and managed to make a real difference to the area.

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Enterprise Egham Volunteer at St Peters Hospital

St Peters Hospital relies on volunteers to help keep the hospital courtyards and grounds tidy and welcoming for patients and their visitors.  An enthusiastic team from Enterprise set about tidying the garden areas to make them look appealing to both staff and patients who are able to go outside and enjoy the green spaces.

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Fisglobal Volunteer at Mane Chance

Mane Chance provide sanctuary and relief from suffering for horses, while promoting humane behaviour to all animals and mutually-beneficial relationships with people who need them.  The hard working team from Fisglobal cleared the area around the pond which would have taken them weeks to do.

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Menzies Volunteer at Salvation Army Addlestone

The Salvation Army are a cornerstone of life in Addlestone  and offer a space for community groups of all ages to run activities. They rely on volunteers give the community hall a facelift so that it is always welcoming. A fantastic team from Menzies painted the facilities and spindles to brighten up the communal area.

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Salesforce Volunteer at St Peters Hospital

Many people find visiting the hospital intimidating.  St Peters works hard to maintain the grounds to make visitors and patients more comfortable and welcoming. An enthusiastic team from Salesforce in Staines worked tirelessly in the grounds of St Peters Hospital to remove all the weeds at the main entrance.

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Local Employee Volunteers at Surrey Youth Games

Despite the weather an enthusiastic corporate team from ADP helped to set up for the Surrey Youth Games.  Held at the Surrey Sports Park it is the largest annual multi-sport sports festival in Surrey.  Spread over a single weekend every year it brings together over 2,000 young people over the course of the games who represent their local community.

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Enterprise Angel Tree Gift Donation

The staff at Enterprise Rent a Car in Egham donated an astonishing 358 gifts this year to 12 different organisations in the local community including the Runnymede Foodbank, Refuge Centres, Alzheimer Carers, Children’s Centre and the homeless. They choose an ‘Angel’ tag from their Christmas tree and through their own personal funds, purchase and wrap a gift for an individual in the local community who has been identified as being in need at Christmas.  This very generous act of kindness adds a smile to someone who otherwise would have very little at Christmas due to unexpected hardship for whatever reason

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