On Monday 26th October, Nick Shrimpton from Sixth Sense Marketing, Mark Fryer from Fryer Glass, Dominique Stillman from DS Consulting and Geoff Roy along with two of his employees from Leapfrog Internet Marketing came together to form a Community Action Day Volunteer Team They gave their time helping Frimley Church of England School with their outdoor garden projects. This work included planting over 100 saplings outside a classroom to create a new wildlife hedge and sun protection for class teaching areas, this included removing the bottoms from fizzy drinks bottles that were put into the soil, neck down, alongside the saplings so the children can water them regularly. Other activities involved clearing turf to make space for a new woodland activity area and painting raised vegetable beds.
Nick Shrimpton from Sixth Sense Marketing said: “I have a job that means I am largely desk-bound, especially during these restricted times. It was great to get outside and do a day’s ‘graft’ with other people who are also CMPP partner businesses. Clare, the Head of the school came down to say thank you for what we were doing. That was a small thing, but meant a great deal because she was talking on behalf of the children, the beneficiaries of our efforts. Bringing smaller partner businesses together for collaborations such as this, provides a real solidity to the CMPP volunteer model.” Nick went on to say: For a group of people who mainly push pieces of paper around a desk and fire off emails, this was a day of real work. We were lucky to have good weather, a good team and I know our contribution was appreciated the School Gardeners,Trish and Pete. She said that the children will see a difference when they return next week. It was a well organised day. Trish and Pete think the world of the school and that’s clear – it was a pleasure to help them out. The visit by the Head and also by Tracy Jarvis were real demonstrations of appreciation."
Mrs Everett, the School Gardener, commented: "Just to officially say, they were a fab group who worked their socks off. It was not an easy task this time round but they all seemed to enjoy the day and left saying they would be happy to come back! Thank you so much for arranging such a successful day. It’s always a pleasure to work with volunteer groups which are so enthusiastic. We look forward to welcoming you back to Frimley in the future."
Thank you so much, once again, to all the volunteers involved, for giving up your time to help Frimley Church of England School with their projects. You have made a fantastic difference to their outside area. This is such a great example of small business collaboration. Here are some pictures of the day: