Case studies

Take a look at some of our Just an hour activity.

The River Waveney Trust

The River Waveney Trust developed a sculpture trail bringing together art and the environment and a team of four employees helped make the day a success.

The sculpture trail was displayed along fantastic riverside walks, by talented local artists. The site is rich with flora and fauna and the inspiration and opportunity provided by this natural space made it an exciting blank canvas for creativity.

Our team helped out with maintenance tasks along the trail making sure it was ready for the visitors to take in the beautiful surroundings. The team of Lynda Besford, Jodie Bloy, Jon Cook and Mike Walker, all from Suffolk Water Ops, said the trial was superb and they were so pleased they could do a small part by helping on the day.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association

Just an hour is about going the extra mile for communities and charities close to our hearts – or for some colleagues, the extra 50 kilometres! On Friday 28 August 40 of our people cycled across Essex from Layer to Hanningfield or Langford to Hanningfield in their Just an hour time.

More than £900 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, a charity making a real difference to some of our people. Retired colleague Charlie Marden, who worked with us for over 30 years, has the rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system. He was there cheering on participants.

Charlie’s son Paul, a Technician Foreman here at NWG, said: “As a family, we’re so grateful for everyone who took part, raised money, and gave their time through Just an hour.”

“We raised so much awareness for the MND Association, and every penny we made was given to the South Essex branch, which covers the area Charlie used to work in and still lives. We hope this allows the charity to continue to support other families like ours.”

A real difference in Just an hour

Amy McFarlane, Asset Planner and organiser of this year’s event said: “The annual bike ride in Essex has become a regular Just an hour event where people can get involved. I usually take part but was asked to organise this year which was really enjoyable!”

“As an Asset Planner in the South I used my organisational and communication skills to make sure the event went smoothly and most importantly it’s been great to be involved in something that makes a real difference.”

Our Just an hour time can be used to help others get involved in charity efforts, as well as taking part ourselves, as Amy and Paul showed.

Abberton Reservoir

A team of employees braved the weather and mud to plant reedlings along the shoreline of Abberton Reservoir last week.

The team of six spent time planting these reedlings on the banks of a lagoon to help establish a reedbed habitat for wildlife. As these reedlings grow they will help keep the shoreline stable and protect against erosion. The team of planters, pictured to the left, consisted of:

Liz Scott, Eddie Balls, Mark Sampson, Sarah Newbury, Tim Wagstaff, Simon Foote.

They managed to plant a substantial amount of reeds which will hopefully flourish over the coming months.

Eversley School, Pitsea

Eversley School, in Pitsea, is a local primary school who came to us with the issue of a section of their field which has been out of bounds due to the boggy ground. We accepted the challenge and looked at ways we could help to develop the area so the children could start to use it. The idea of a 25 meter wooden boardwalk was created.

A team of 11 employees set to work clearning the area, creating a concrete base and finally the boardwalk itself. All the wood used was recycled from our Logistics store so there were minimal costs to the school.

Eversley School said they were so grateful for the work and for us transforming this unused area into a useful and fun space for their pupils.

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