20 July 2016

Last year Shoreham Port launched a new staff initiative called Stakeholder Leave which enables every member of staff to take one paid day out of work per year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. This month our Waste Operative, Craig Bennett volunteered for Blind Veterans UK at their centre in Ovingdean.

Craig regularly volunteers for Blind Veterans UK and was delighted to have the opportunity to dedicate a whole day to the charity. Craig helped prepare the Inner Garden for a concert by the Royal Marines Band the following week. The jobs included preparing garden furniture, weeding and cleaning out paths.

Craig commented “I really enjoyed my day at Blind Veterans UK and it was great to get to know some of the other volunteers. The charity has helped my partner’s Grandfather a lot over the years and I was pleased to be able to give something back.”

Bill Lyth, Security & Maintenance Manager at Blind Veterans UK commented “What an amazing job Craig and the volunteers did on Friday, the Inner Garden looks absolutely amazing, as does the Beach Hut, they have never looked better. Their efforts did not go unnoticed when the Royal Marines Band was performing. Thank you again.”

Lesley Garven, Centre Manager at Blind Veterans UK added “I just wanted to say a big thank you to Craig and the other volunteers. The Inner Garden is looking fantastic. It set the scene perfectly for the Royal Marine Band concert. The work they have done will certainly enhance the experience of our Blind Veterans and their partners over the summer.”

If you would like to find out more about Blind Veterans UK and other volunteering opportunities please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.