NFRS Staff and members of Pulp Friction, in partnership with the Emergency Services – 999 & Data Services Team who are part of the telecoms company BT, have taken part in a community payback project to build a vegetable patch and polytunnel at Service HQ.
It will also provide the members of Pulp Friction, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the canteen, with many more additional life skills - as well as help make the business more sustainable and cost effective - enabling them to further develop members and employ more young people with learning disabilities.
The team from BT came from locations all around the country including Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Hatfield and Ipswich to begin the work on Wednesday 14 March.
Members of the Prince’s Trust will continue to work on the project – staff will then be able to look forward to organically grown vegetables and salad later this year!
Lisa Haigh, Test Analyst with the 999 Emergency Services Data team with BT, said: “We searched for several places where we could undertake a project where we could give something back to the community.
“Once we heard about the partnership between NFRS and Pulp Friction we decided we wanted to help in whatever way we could.
“Pulp Friction is very close to my heart as my godson, who is 16, has downs syndrome. The work they do for people with learning difficulties is amazing.
“We decided on this project because we thought it would not only be beneficial for the members of Pulp Friction but also for the local community and NFRS staff as well.”
Edwinstowe Fire Station Manager, Chris Emmott helped out with the work and co-organised the project.
He said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity for us to collaborate with BT on this project and help continue to build the relationship between our organisations.
“I’d like to thank the team from BT for giving up their time to make a positive difference in the community.”