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Mitie raises funds for school using hanging baskets

Mitie Landscapes partners with Vodafone HQ team at Newbury on a ‘make your own hanging basket day’, raising over £2,000 for the Avenue School – a special needs academy.

The Avenue School is a special needs academy for boys and girls ages 2 – 19 years old, these students have complex special educational needs. An event was hosted for the school, sponsored by Vodafone UK and Mitie Landscapes along with other Mitie service providers.

The event that was ran last month gave the staff at Vodafone and visitors the opportunity to get involved in creating their very own hanging basket and purchase their creation by making a donation to the Avenue School in Reading.

The sponsored event ran by Vodafone/Mitie resulted in a total of 320 hanging baskets being made and sold over the day of the event, raising  £2,650. Vodafone generously decided to match the sum raised and boosted the total to over £5,300.

The idea for the hanging baskets was originally thought up by Mitie Landscapes’ contract manager for Vodafone, Rob Blake. The idea was received well by Vodafone and the event was put in place and organised. He said “I thought it would be a simple and effective way to raise money for a good cause. As it is summer time, the seasonal relevance of the hanging basket would make it an appealing charity challenge that people would be happy to engage in. We’re very pleased with the result and Vodafone has been wonderful with their support.’

The event proved to be very enjoyable and was a way for visitors to show their creativity and also raise money for a great cause.

Sarah Spooner, head of Vodafone’s legal team said, “I just want to thank Rob’s team. Over the two days, we raised an amazing £5,300 which means the school can now build its secret reading garden during the summer. We really appreciate the support Mitie has given to this project and to everyone who donated their time.”

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