Project gets firm’s backing

Pictured at the Stranton allotment site are(left to right) Paula Jenkins and Ian Musgrave of Heerema and GDF, Princes Trust volunteers Andrew Carbro and Katrina Grimes, Frank Moran of GDF, Princes Trust volunteer Rory Atkinson, Mike Ray of GDF and Kelly Henderson of the Princes Trust.
Pictured at the Stranton allotment site are(left to right) Paula Jenkins and Ian Musgrave of Heerema and GDF, Princes Trust volunteers Andrew Carbro and Katrina Grimes, Frank Moran of GDF, Princes Trust volunteer Rory Atkinson, Mike Ray of GDF and Kelly Henderson of the Princes Trust.

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters can show a lot of love to an allotment site, thanks to generous donations and support.

Eleven Hartlepool students are working hard to complete the Prince’s Trust A-Lot-Of-Love allotment project and have set about transforming a patch of land.

And their dedication to the cause impressed bosses at Heerema, who handed over a cheque for £4,000 to help the youngsters with the scheme.

The money will be spent on a new fence and equipment to allow the students to 
landscape the patch at Stranton Allotments, off Brierton Lane.

They are working on the 12-week project with course leader Kelly Henderson and curriculum leader Matthew Wigmore.

Leaders say the project is designed towards building the confidence and motivation of the students as well as giving them employability skills.

Curriculum leader Matthew said: “The project is all about teaching the youngsters about sustainable living.

“It’s for looked-after youngsters to come and enjoy a fun project which carries some key educational messages.

“There will be a number of activities for the youngsters to complete at the site and there will be interactive cards to support them.”

Matthew said the money from Hereema was a real boost for the project.

“The donation is a really big help,” he added.

“What that allows us to do is buy some much-needed equipment which the young people can use.

“We are all extremely grateful.”

Heerema’s donation came from the firm’s Safety Incentive scheme, which sees clients and colleagues donating cash into a central fund every month.

The company has its safety measures monitored and the higher the score, the more money is donated into the fund and then handed out to grateful charities and beneficiaries.

Ian Musgrave, Hereema’s quality, assurance and safety, health and environment manager, said: “It’s extremely satisfying to hand over money to such worthy causes such as this one.

“I’m sure the money will be put to good use and will help the young people in their project.”

Course leaders also thanked Sweet P Garden Centre, Speedy Services, Plants R Ross, Hart Quarry, Grab N Go Skips and Hartlepool Allotment Service for donations and support.