Inverness volunteers help provide garden access to local resident
4 June 2018
Volunteers from our Inverness Depot gave up their time to provide a local resident increased access to his home and garden through our Community Action Programme (CAP).
Last week, the six-strong team helped rejuvenate a nearby property to offer Jim Howieson access to his garden once again after being left wheelchair bound due to leg amputation.
Our CAP scheme gives all our employees one day off on company time each year to spend volunteering for a cause close to their hearts. When our engineers met Mr Howieson and his wife Shona while upgrading the gas network in the area, the team decided they wanted to use their CAP day to help the couple make the most of their home once more.
Mrs Howieson explained to the team working nearby that although they managed to install a wheelchair ramp at the front of their property, they could not afford to replace the pebbled driveway which prevented her easily pushing Mr Howieson to the rear to enjoy the garden. The team decided to relay part of the driveway with concrete slabs to allow a smooth surface for Mrs Howieson to push the wheelchair on.
Team Manager Alex Torrance said: “I’m very proud that the efforts of my team will make such a difference to Jim and Shona’s enjoyment going forward.”
Commenting on the finished project, Mrs Howieson said: “We’re delighted with the outcome and are able to make full use of the garden again, especially with the recent great weather.
“Jim and I are so grateful to the team of SGN volunteers as they’ve been so helpful. It’s made such a big difference to us as we couldn’t enjoy the garden together before the hard work.”
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