Community spirited youngsters braved thunder and torrential rain to undertake a voluntary gardening project at a Sanctuary Care home in Malvern.
For two weeks a group of eight 16-25 year olds from The Prince’s Trust were digging, assembling, planting and painting at Hastings Residential Care Home, which provides care for the elderly, including residential care and dementia care.
As part of the project they dug wire into the ground surrounding the home’s rooster Robert to keep foxes away. They built a chicken coop and rabbit hutch, painted all the fencing around the large back garden and moved two enormous raised wooden plant beds. The latter was no mean feat and involved empting all the soil, dismantling the wooden surrounds, reassembling them in new locations and finally replanting!
Receptionist at the home Debbie Pullen was overwhelmed by the work undertaken by the group.
She said: “They worked so hard in the pouring rain and have done some absolutely fantastic jobs– they are a real credit to The Prince’s Trust.
“They were also absolutely superb in the way they carried themselves and acted - what a really nice group of people.”
Resident Hilda Preston, who adores the home’s rabbit Bandit said: “I am thrilled that they have built him a new home and that it has been placed so that I can see him from my bedroom window.”
The project was part of a 12-week personal development course run by the Heart of Worcestershire College. The course is for people aged 16 to 25 who fall into the category NEET – not in education, employment or training.
Not only did they carry out the physical work, the group raised the funds to pay for the plants and materials through car washes and bag packs at supermarkets.
The team leader of the group, called Prince’s Trust Team Worcester 187, Paul Stephens praised the students, who will now go on to do individual work placements.
“It was tough because the first week was very hot and the second week was very wet with thunder and lightning – but they worked hard and never once complained or grumbled,” he said.
“Every night they automatically swept the path to make it safe in case any the residents wanted to look at the work they had done – they just knew this should be done.
“They have got the capability to go on to do really positive things – they have done well and I’m really proud of them.”
Paul added that the team and residents at the home had been “extremely welcoming” brought the students lots of sweet treats to say thank you for all their hard work.