Volunteers from Smiths News donned their waterproofs and wellies to help DASH, a local charity improve the grounds at the Swindon Wildflower Nursery.
The newspaper and magazine wholesaler Executives and PAs spent a day gardening for the charity as part of their Community Link-Up programme. Community Link-Up is all about encouraging employees to get involved in charity fundraising, volunteering in the community and linking up with colleagues.
DASH is Swindon-based charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults with Aspergers and other high functioning Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
In 2008, DASH set the Swindon Wildflower Nursery up as an enterprise to grow and sell native wildflowers from seed to help raise funds to support its work. But, due to the adverse weather we have had over the past six months the gardening plots in the nursery became overgrown and the charity contacted Smiths News to see if they could help.
Talking about supporting DASH, Jonathan Bunting, MD, Smiths News said: “It’s important to us that we help charities local to the communities that we work in. DASH is a charity we have started to help over the last few months. They are a small charity doing some fantastic work for the people who need their help. It was great that we could play our part.”
Commenting on the work carried out by Smiths News, Anne Billingham, Secretary, DASH said: “Even though the weather was dreadful, they soldiered on in great spirit and achieved a massive amount of work on DASH’s behalf. I would like to say a huge thank you to them all. Their can-do attidude and determination made the day a success for us, it was brilliant! A great boost that gives us energy to sustain our services.”
“For those adults who have Aspergers, the Wildflower Nursery offers a peaceful environment to work in, which helps to reduce anxiety and build their confidence. As well as selling wildflower plants, we are now collecting the seeds from our stock of wildflowers to create wedding favours. Adults who attend our social groups are involved in producing the favours. It’s an appealing option for couples who are getting married or for any other celebration – enriching the environment and supporting a good cause at the same time.”
The Swindon Wildflower Nursery is opening its doors to the public on Sunday 23 June inconjunction with Twigs Community Gardens (behind Manor Garden Centre). Many wildflowers which have been grown by volunteers will be on sale for planting out now. Why not come along to support this charity?
For more information about DASH, contact Anne Billingham on: email@example.com or call 07796530560.
For more information about the wedding favours, email your enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07833490803.
Pictured: Smiths News Executives and their PA’s with Anne Billingham from DASH (who is standing on the right hand side).