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4 July 2019

Ed Henson and his daughters, May and Isabella, spent a day volunteering at The Hope Centre’s allotment.

Ed, May and Isabella hard at work

Every member of staff at Barwood Capital has the opportunity to volunteer with the company’s charity of the year, which this year is The Hope Centre.

The allotment was set up as an extension of the Hope Centre’s offer to people living in poverty. The charity receives many donations of food in tins and packets that sustain both the Day Centre and a Food Club. However, supplying nutritionally balanced meals with fresh fruit and veg has always been a problem, due to the supply chain involved in obtaining fresh produce. The allotment provides the solution. “Growing fruit, vegetables and salad enables our teams to supply a great variety of well balanced food to those who need it most” explained Louise Danielczuk, Fundraising and Marketing Manager.

In addition to this, the allotment also provides a platform for horticulture training and therapeutic gardening which is of huge benefit to the charity’s clients. Volunteers from the community and corporate teams support The Hope Centre in maintaining, developing, planting and sowing all to the benefit a vulnerable client group.

Ed said “The girls enjoyed planting carrots and tending other vegetables. It has been very rewarding to be able to contribute to the work which the Hope Centre does for the homeless of Northampton.”