Foot Anstey employee uses CSR hours benefit to support the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme works with over 3,500 private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Guernsey to give exclusive access to visitors to raise money for nursing and health charities including McMillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen's Nursing Institute. In 2021, the National Garden Scheme donated over £3 million to its beneficiary charities.
Debbie joined a host of volunteers supporting at a garden in the New Forest that opened as part of the scheme. Over the course of the day, almost 100 people visited the garden and the team raised £600. The garden will be open again later this month, as well as June.
Foot Anstey's CSR Hours initiative allows employees to take two additional days off per year to support local charitable organisations or initiatives.
When asked about her experience on the day Debbie said: "This was the first time this garden had taken part in the scheme since the pandemic. Some of the visitors had visited in previous years and were delighted to be able to come back again and see the changes made over the past two years.
"Speaking to the visitors it was easy to understand why the National Garden Scheme is so important to so many people. Some people only had a small garden and loved seeing what can be done on a larger scale, others had no garden at all, or due to their health were no longer able to garden, but still took great delight in visiting other gardens.
"Being able to offer my time to such a good cause is fantastic and this benefit gives us so many opportunities to use our CSR day to help good causes. This is the first time I have used one and will definitely be looking for something else to do later in the year."
To find out more about how Foot Anstey supports its local communities and charities please visit: https://www.footanstey.com/about/our-communities/.