Countryside colleagues volunteer for the Heart of Kent Hospice


Ten Countryside colleagues from the technical department in Sevenoaks spent a day volunteering for the Heart of Kent Hospice in Aylesford.

The hospice provides exceptional care for more than 1,400 patients each year facing the challenges of living with a terminal illness. The service costs £4m a year to run and relies on £3m of donations.

As Countryside celebrates our 60th anniversary, colleagues are donating 60 days of their time to charities in the communities where they work.

The team helped the hospice with landscaping, garden maintenance and fence painting.

Samantha Badman, Document Controller at Countryside New Homes and Communities South, said: "We are extremely thankful to our company for encouraging us to give our time to such an amazing cause. 

"When we left the hospice after our day we felt very proud of what we had managed to achieve in the time we were there.  We learned a great deal about the hospice and the funds it must raise each year. We would all love to return and help again.

"We were most surprised to learn of the limited funding the hospice receives. The fundraising required to run the hospice on a day to day basis is astounding." 

Countryside staff are leaving their roles for a day or more to volunteer at organisations and offer practical support. So far, teams have fitted a new kitchen, refurbished classrooms and transformed outdoor play areas in a school in Hackney, London. Benches and raised beds have been built for sustainable charity, Incredible Edible, in Knowsley, which grows food for the community to pick and eat for free.

Other initiatives include maintenance at South Essex Wildlife Hospital and enhancing gardens and interiors at Little Haven's Hospice in Benfleet.