Garden gets a spruce up thanks to firm

HELPING HAND From left Lizzy Crabb, Phil Coombes and Russell Dickie
HELPING HAND From left Lizzy Crabb, Phil Coombes and Russell Dickie
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Hampshire Autistic Society’s day services centre in Gosport has been given a summer spruce-up by staff from a firm of chartered accountants.

Lizzy Crabb, Phil Coombes and Russell Dickie from Grant Thornton gave up their time for free to get busy with the garden.

Their work was supported by Grant Thornton, which encourages every employee to spend a day a year volunteering in company time through the Business in the Community and Cares Give and Gain project.

In the time-honoured tradition of house and garden transformations, the trio kept the centre’s staff away while they did their job, allowing them only to see the finished result in a big reveal at the end of the day.

Russell said: ‘There were stings, insect bites and aching backs all round but it was well worth it when we got to unveil the end result to staff at the centre.’