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    Hadlow College volunteers for BBC’s DIY SOS: Big Build Great Ormond Street project

    Staff and students from Hadlow College volunteered in an amazing project over the summer, involving Great Ormond Street Hospital and the BBC TV series: DIY SOS: The Big Build. The project sees the BBC show take on another Big Build as they move Chris Beardshaw’s Gold medal-winning garden from the Chelsea Flower Show to the rooftop of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    The 16 students and two members of staff, from across the College’s Garden Design, Landscape Management, Horticulture and RHS Diploma courses offered to volunteer to make a difference to the lives of so many children and their families by providing their time and expertise for 6 days of the 3-week project, which ran from the 23 May to the 10 June.

    Sophie Leathart, an RHS Level 2 student, had a very personal motivation for volunteering: “I was particularly interested in helping because my son was diagnosed with an eye condition at Great Ormond Street when he was six weeks old. We went up regularly to the hospital as he was growing up. He is now 19 years old, at university and studying Computer Science. I’m glad I can give something back to Great Ormond Street.”

    Renee Dewhurst, ‎science technician at Hadlow, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to do our bit for the hospital’s young patients and their families. All the volunteers were very keen to dedicate their time to such a compassionate project and were hugely excited about the build.”

    The programme was broadcast on BBC One last night and is available on the iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082m5fy

    Image: L-R Billy Byrne (DIY SOS team), Louise Hughes (Hadlow College staff – science technician), Chris Frediani (DIY SOS team), Jack Benton (Hadlow College student), Renee Dewhurst (Hadlow College staff – science technician), Julian Perryman (DIY SOS team), Greg Prior (Hadlow College student), Mark Millar (DIY SOS team), Peter Isitt (Hadlow College student)

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