Thursday 30 November, 2017
Lottie Heath, based in Markerstudy Group’s Marketing and Communications team in Tunbridge Wells recently ‘dug out’ her gloves and travelled some 50 miles to help ‘spruce up’ The Kent MS Therapy Centre’s gardens before winter. The ‘seed was sown’ after Lottie, Events Coordinator, saw an appeal on Markerstudy Group’s intranet and spent the day at the Canterbury-based centre alongside her mum Hilary.
A self-supporting charity established in 1984, the centre costs £500,000 to run each year and relies solely on donations, volunteers and fundraising activities to keep providing a caring, positive and supportive environment for those with MS across Kent.
Lottie commented: “At Markerstudy Group, we’re lucky enough to get a paid day a year to help out in the local community. I jumped at the chance to give some time to The Kent MS Therapy Centre as it’s such a worthwhile cause. I’m so glad I did - it was extremely rewarding and the patients and staff were incredibly friendly.
“My mum enjoyed it so much she’s even been back on her own to undertake some more gardening since and the team are continuing to support it - we kicked off fundraising activities by dressing up, holding a pumpkin carving competition and selling cakes for Halloween.”
David Tompkins, who looks after the gardens at the Centre, oversaw the work Lottie and her mum carried out and was delighted with the results.
He said: “We cannot thank Lottie and her mum enough - the Centre has extensive grounds which need regular tending, but we have a lack of volunteers to help and unfortunately our lawnmower is on its last legs, which makes things doubly difficult. So everyone at the Centre is incredibly appreciative of their hard work. The amount of weeds they managed to clear was amazing! We hope this is the start of a great relationship that will continue to ‘grow’ throughout the year.”
To find out more about volunteering at the Centre or about its services, visit www.kentmstc.org or call 01227 470876. For information about Markerstudy Group and its work in the local community, see www.markerstudygroup.com.