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02 May 2012
Office workers swapped telephones for spades to create an
allotment area for pupils at Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary
A team of over 30 volunteers from Capita and O2 got their hands
dirty to transform the school's outdoor spaces ready for the
re-launch of a new gardening club after Easter.
Workers from Groundwork Dearne Valley also helped out at the
school, which was severely damaged during the floods of 2010.
Headteacher Simon Parton said "Working with local people and
organisations is so rewarding and it's great for the children to
see that if you try to help others, like when we plant out the
flower beds in the local shopping precinct, people will help
"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who
has worked with us. We are so grateful for all the
support we've received on this project and we'll make sure we make
good use of the resource in our learning."
Claire Shaw, Funding and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Groundwork
Dearne Valley added "Being involved with local businesses and
schools is something we are passionate about and seeing what can be
achieved in just one day of volunteering is very
Ros Edmond of Capita's customer management business said
"Getting involved in local community projects is extremely
satisfying. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and hope our
work will provide lots of enjoyment to everyone at the school for
years to come."