Tesco helps around Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:15 23 October 2011

head teacher Liz Pollard, Tesco construction project manager Steve Fricker, Rebecca 10, Thomas 10

head teacher Liz Pollard, Tesco construction project manager Steve Fricker, Rebecca 10, Thomas 10


ACCORDING to Tesco, Every Little Helps.

And staff at the supermarket giant have been proving that motto by getting involved in a number of community projects.

Here, the Welwyn Hatfield Times looks at what the Tesco workers have been getting up to – aside from their day jobs – in Welwyn Hatfield.

* Staff from the Tesco store in Hatfield pulled their gardening gloves on to turn overgrown land at Homerswood School into a new wild learning and play area.

The WGC school’s grounds now incorporate a teepee, a circle of tree stumps for children to sit on, and a play tunnel made from wooden pallets.

School inclusion manager Maxine Wilson said: “We have had plans for the overgrown area for a while and we are delighted the children now have an exciting area to use.”

* The Hatfield shop workers also helped spruce up Douglas Tilbe House in time for autumn.

Tesco’s community champion Wendy Hughes and colleagues visited the Age UK day centre in Hall Grove, WGC, to scrub and scour the centre clean, polish the furniture to optimum sparkle, and spruce up the garden for its users to enjoy.

Gloria Marshall, Age UK Hertfordshire’s Active Ageing Manager for North Herts, said she was “thrilled” with the results.

She said: “They did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure walking into the centre the following day, admiring the results of their scrubbing and cleaning, and the garden looks so much neater too.”

* Pupils at Codicote School could hardly believe their eyes when they returned after the summer holidays.

For the Meadow Way school had been transformed, after a team of more than 50 Tesco employees spent one day there doing odd jobs.

The work including painting corridors, toilets and the staffroom, putting up a new shed and climbing wall, washing down the entire outside of the building and trimming hedges and trees.

Headteacher Liz Pollard said the project had been arranged through one of the parents at the school, who works for Tesco.

She said: “It was like being granted three wishes.

“They did an incredible amount in the time they were with us.

“The kids were amazed.”

* Snow leopards will have a shiny new home at the Welwyn Cat Survival Trust after Tesco staff stepped in to help construct a new pen.

The WGC workers have been at the Codicote Road facility, a charity which looks after rare cats, for the last few weeks painting and building the hutch – designed to assist with the snow leopard breeding programme.

The cubs bred within the new home, funded by Tesco, are going to be released in an Indian nature reserve.

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