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Date: 8 July 2019
Subject: Virgin Media’s on the Pull! Large business from Hook do their bit for the local environment
Earlier in June, it was National Volunteers’ Week and Community First had a varied programme of events throughout the month. Community First were delighted to be asked by Virgin Media to organise a volunteer day for one of their teams from the Hook office, which has 1,200 employees.
The Hampshire Countryside Service welcomed their help at Yateley Common Country Park where there is always work to be undertaken. Yateley Common is a marvellous open space on the doorstep of the communities of Yateley and Blackwater, its dense network of bridleways and paths allows the public to explore its varied landscape. The Common comprises 193 hectares of heathland, woodland, grasslands and ponds. It is designated a site of special scientific interest and special protection area due to its importance for wildlife.
Martin Hare, Data Intelligence Manager, said, ”Virgin Media encourages all of its teams to carry out charity work in the local area, and is a great opportunity to get the team working together improving the area for local people.”
Andy Ashton, Senior Data Analyst, lives adjacent to Yateley Common and says, “It is great to be able to volunteer in the country park that I have grown up in. We spent the day cutting back the overgrown bushes along the access tracks: a couple of years ago, there was a major fire and so it is important to maintain the routes in and out of the Common.”
Binz Chapman, Assistant Ranger at Yateley Common said “it’s been great working with Community First who have organised a corporate volunteering day with Virgin Media. The teams were divided into two, with one team removing ragwort to help maintain the acid grassland and the other clearing tracks to maintain access. We are extremely grateful for the contribution that the volunteers from Virgin Media have made in helping to manage Yateley Common.”
If you are a business who would like to volunteer like Virgin Media, contact Rachel Taylor at Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01730 774057.
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