Hatfield volunteers work wonders at de Havilland Aircraft Museum

PUBLISHED: 09:41 17 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 18 June 2017

The EE team with the de Havilland Comet jet airliner simulator at Salisbury Hall

The EE team with the de Havilland Comet jet airliner simulator at Salisbury Hall

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Volunteers from a Hatfield-based telecommunications company worked wonders at the country’s oldest aviation museum.

The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

A five-strong team from EE arrived at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum ready to do a day’s work.

The EE configuration management team members were the first of several companies who chose to spend their corporate charitable day the museum, which opened in 1959.

The volunteers performed a variety of tasks, including cleaning some of the de Havilland aircraft on display, weeding and tidying up the Salisbury Hall site.

They also saw the work in progress on the iconic de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber of the Second World War, as part of the museum’s efforts to conserve Britain’s aviation heritage.

Four of the EE team are based at the company’s Hatfield office.

Volunteer Simon Treliving explained: “EE gives its staff two days a year for volunteering work.

“The idea is to help local communities and it was Hatfield’s turn to choose who we should help.

“I drive past Salisbury Hall on my way to work every day, and as our office is on the site of the old de Havilland airfield and factory at Hatfield, I decided that helping the de Havilland Aircraft Museum would help us learn more about where our office is.”

Alongside colleagues Wendy Dawes, Tracey Dowding and Shelley Jackson, with Rob Griffiths from the company’s Bristol office, Simon took down scaffolding around the tail of a BAE 146 ‘Whisper Jet’ airliner, which is one of 20 de Havilland aircraft on display at the museum.

Mr Treliving added: “We could well be back again in a couple of years.”

He said the museum had invited them back next year.

Museum marketing director Mike Nevin praised their efforts.

“They have done a splendid day’s work with us and we really appreciate it,” he said.

Two more companies have already booked the museum for their employees’ volunteering day – Lloyds Bank and the Dagenham office of the Ford Motor Company, who will be making their second visit to the museum.

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