Linbrooke West Hampstead Life Extension (WHLE) project team raise £2000 for Respite at Home Volunteers (RHV) and are supporting the local community in Central Bedfordshire.
The geographical area that the charity covers perfectly aligns with the footprint of the WHLE project and gives us the perfect opportunity to put back into the community more than just improving the reliability of the local railway services.
RHV are a group of amazing, caring people who give up their free time to help adults in their own homes who are affected by life-limiting illnesses. Caring for someone you love at home can be tiring and isolating, and the volunteers can relieve the family/carer, giving them time to see their friends, go shopping or simply relax. The volunteers offer friendship and support to the whole family. The amount of time given by the volunteer each week depends on the agreed needs of the family, and the volunteer may take the person they visit out for a cup of tea at a local garden centre, play a board game, have a chat or sit with them while they sleep. There is no limit on the length of time given by the volunteers to support the family.
£2000 was raised by recycling cable off-cuts and scrap cleared from the railway.
Scott Louder, Project Director at Linbrooke said:
In my role as Project Director for Linbrooke, I firmly believe that our remit should not be limited to the technical scope of work. We should extend our sphere of influence to the broader area we work to improve the quality of life for those in the local area.
As part of our drive to responsibly recycle all waste and not divert it to landfill, we engaged with our supply chain and we identified a similar scheme undertaken by Network Rail Southern Region. We subsequently engaged with our Client, Network Rail Capital Delivery Eastern, and the Route Asset Engineers and quickly identified an opportunity to benefit the wider community along the route of our works and to support local charities. This initiative will be rolled out across the whole portfolio, working closely with our colleagues in Network Rail.
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