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Mercer & Hole adds a splash of colour to Open Door

Chartered Accountants Mercer & Hole volunteered at Open Door night shelter in St Albans on Thursday 2 June.

A team of six added a ‘splash of colour’ to the garden area at Open Door by painting the garden fence, potting bedding plants and making sure the area was clean and tidy. The team comprised of Ross Lane - Partner, Jack Reyland and Ellie Tay from the tax department, Jane Kennedy and Clare Chambers from the Audit department and Tanyel White from the HR department all of which work out of the St Albans office.

The Open Door homelessness service, is run by Hightown Housing Association, cares for people in the community who have become homeless and provides assistance and support to re-establish themselves back into the community.

Open Door provides a safe environment for homeless people in and around St Albans giving them a base to re-establish their lives and their self-esteem. The night shelter provides accommodation and support to those who have nowhere to sleep and the drop in service is the platform for providing a wide range of services to help our users find a more settled way of living.

Ross Lane, Partner at Mercer & Hole said “It was a privilege for me and my team to give our time to Open Door so the residents have a colourful area to enjoy throughout the seasons. We hope our small contribution will make a big difference to those who use the garden facilities at the charity.”

Sarah Chambers, Volunteer Co-Ordinator  funded by the Open Door Charity, said “we are so grateful to the team at Mercer & Hole for supplying the gardening materials and giving up their time to make a big difference to our outdoor space. Our residents and team regularly use the garden area, especially during the summer months so it is fantastic that they have a colourful and tidy setting to use. Thank you to all of the team at Mercer & Hole.”

The work took place during National Volunteers’ Week, which runs until 12 June, and Open Door also thanked its own volunteers with a special afternoon tea party on Tuesday 07 June.

Sarah added “We have more than 85 volunteers and they make such a difference here. We wanted to thank them for the vital work they do, so we invited them to an afternoon tea. Our staff baked the cakes and some of service users helped out as well.”

Left to right: Tanyel White, Ross Lane, Ellie Tay, Jane Kennedy, Clare Chambers and Jack Reyland.

 

 

 

Date: 9th June, 2016
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

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