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Takeaway team show dedication to green cause
1:20pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
STAFF from a fast-food chain have proved they approve of greens by rejuvenating a school’s communal garden.
St Luke’s School, which educates young people with behavioural and social difficulties, received a complete makeover of its gardens thanks to Swindon McDonald’s franchisee Paul Booth and his senior management team to mark his 12th year of community work.
Yesterday Mr Booth and his volunteers spent the day sprucing up the garden in the grounds of the school. Eleven people from eight restaurants in town helped weed, steam clean, plant, repaint and install a new circular bench. Plants were donated by Swindon Garden Centre and the bench was donated by LAUK.
Paul said: “Every year my team support a local community project, and when I heard that the garden at St Luke’s School was in need of restoration, I thought it would be an ideal project to help create a peaceful and pleasant area where students can enjoy spending their break times.
“My team have always enjoyed getting stuck into supporting community projects – not only is it a great personal challenge and achievement, it is a fantastic team building exercise where we can really see the difference our contribution makes.”
Head of ground maintenance at St Luke’s School, Lucy Wilkinson, said: “I’d like to thank Paul and his team from the Swindon McDonald’s management team for their time and generosity in restoring our garden here at St Luke’s.
“It’s great that our pupils now have a newly renovated area that they can enjoy and relax in between study periods.”
Mr Booth’s first project, in 2002, raised £4,000 for the Evolution Appeal, which purchased equipment for the children’s playroom at Swindon Hospital. Last year he created a new garden at Riverside Study Centre, a school for children not in mainstream education.
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