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Emerson staff support WellChild charity

helping hands garden makeoverA team of enthusiastic volunteers from Emerson Process Management have transformed the Nottingham garden of Luis Salmon and his sister Leah, helping to improve the lives of two young children who have a rare medical condition.

The volunteers from Emerson’s UK headquarters, in Leicester, spent two days hard at work in the rear garden at the children’s home in Strelley, Nottingham, transforming it into a fun play area that is safe for them to use. Luis, 11, and his eight-year-old sister Leah, both have argininosuccinic aciduria, an inherited genetic disorder which has left them with development issues, epilepsy and impaired safety awareness.

Working with WellChild, the national charity for sick children, as part of its Helping Hands volunteering scheme, a team of 24 Emerson employees removed large areas of concrete, constructed new fencing and levelled uneven parts of Luis and Leah’s back garden. They also built a decked section and laid turf to provide the children with safe access.

“We are so grateful to the team of Emerson volunteers and the WellChild Helping Hands scheme,” said the children’s father, Craig Salmon.

“They have completely transformed the garden and seeing the children enjoy themselves in it has brought a great deal of happiness to our family,” he added.

The project was championed by Vicky Johnson, project administrator at Emerson’s Leicester facility. Emerson provided all project materials and supported the team of volunteers, which came from different areas of the business and included John Pattison, Director Projects & Services UK and Ireland.

“It was hard work, but our efforts were rewarded by seeing the children playing for the first time in the transformed garden,” said Vicky. “It was great to be able to do something for a local family and really help to make a difference. There was a lot of enthusiasm for this project and we definitely want to make this a regular event.”

WellChild Helping Hands manager Lee Trunks said: “We would like to thank the volunteers from Emerson Process Management for their fantastic support with this Helping Hands project, thanks to their hard work Luis and Leah have somewhere safe to play.”

Emerson has been in Leicester for over 30 years. The company has a strong relationship with the local community and employees play an active role in environmental and community projects. The project with the national WellChild charity is the latest step in Emerson’s continuing efforts to support the local community.