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Garden upgrade at refuge

A garden upgrade was sponsored by the wonderful people at Venafi. Not only did they donate funds, but the time of three of their employees.

It’s always an absolute pleasure when local companies offer their support at our refuges. These refuges play a vital role in helping families escaping domestic abuse by offering a place of safety so victims to start to rebuild their lives.

Angela Mead knows about PARAGON through a friend and decided to help out. Her company, Venafi, encourages their staff to volunteer their time each year to good causes. With the support of Director of Fun Geoff Rhodes, three volunteers came to beautify our refuge!

They managed to raise an impressive £1,500 and decided to upgrade the garden. Volunteers Angela, Sue, Richard and our own team members worked alongside those living at the refuge. This work including painting the shed, building vegetable boxes, planting lots of colourful plants, sowing vegetable seeds and building a mud kitchen.

Garden upgrade for fruit and vegatables

They improved the sustainability of the refuge by adding in vegetable boxes and tomato plants so residents wouldn’t need to reply on food banks for the basics. They also brought some lovely toys for the children. Everyone got involved, and some ended up with blue hair from panting mistakes!

A huge thank you to Angela, Geoff and Venafi. Your donations will make the lives of many people much happier, especially with summer almost here.

If you’d like to donate to our refuges, please contact us.

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