Charterhouse Charity Day – we worked hard, we helped, we had a great day.
These type of volunteering days have previously meant a huge amount to the charities, who survive on the goodwill of volunteers, but it also meant a huge amount to our team. This was clear to see in the evening where we all got together for a well deserved drink and something to eat.
For those working in the gardens at both sites it was a very hot day, but what a glorious way to be able to give something back to two amazing charities. For those working in the shops and warehouse at St Luke’s it was just as hot but no risk of sunburn.
The work the team did was incredible, from clearing a garden area for new developments at St Luke’s to clearing up gardens and storage facilities at KCA. It is important to remember the wonderful benefit that the gardens provide to the children at KCA and the patients and their families at St Luke’s. The work was done in the shops is just as important, if not more so, as sale of items donated provide much needed income for the charity and in the current climate, is even more important than ever. With St Luke’s having recently opened a new warehouse the work of the team was invaluable, helping them to sort all donations that can be sold and even those items that can’t be used are sent for recycling helping contribute to a circular economy.
The stories are too many to list, but a picture speaks a thousand words and there are many pictures here to show you what we were doing. Suffice to say there was an “unnamed” source quoted as saying that the Charterhouse team were the best team of volunteers the charity had ever seen.
If you want to find out more about our work with the charities please read more here.
Thank you to both St Luke’s and KCA for giving us the chance to run the day and for the services and support they give to the community. Most importantly, thank you to the whole team here at Charterhouse, who worked tirelessly all day and, whilst there may be some sore hands and feet, the smiles will last much longer.
There were many more stories to tell from the evening, but we will leave those for another day.