Give & Gainers dig the way…

With giant sleepers to be sawed, Tufnell Park's unstoppable grounds manager showed the volunteers how.

With giant sleepers to be sawed, Tufnell Park’s unstoppable grounds manager showed the volunteers how.

Have you thought about how much spinach we’re going to have to plant next Sunday to feed everybody at our feast in July? We have!

We’re going to need plenty of extra raised beds, and those we have required repair. We had hoped that the Thames Water engineers who volunteered at the school last June (led by Andy Ollard, husband of our own Kim in Cygnus) might return in March, but another charity had already snapped them up.  What to do?

Enter teams of volunteers from the offices where two different Tufnell Park parents work: Santander and BMJ. Both companies have Corporate Responsibility programmes that include “Give & Gain” volunteer days, for which they allow their staff to use a working day to help out charities and community organisations.

The parents applied on Tufnell Park’s behalf… and 20 cheerful and hardworking volunteers turned up at the school today to dig, saw and carpenter the extra space we’ll need for our major growing project beginning next weekend.

We can’t thank them enough – nor all of the parents and staff (with special freelance help from Ms Pavey) – who planned, lent, cooked, calculated, ordered goods and worked in so many ways to make the day a success.