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The green-fingered hotel employees have spent several days getting their hands dirty for London’s leading land-based youth training organisation, Green Corridor.
The group of six from the hotel joined Green Corridor activity leaders, Colin Cakebread and Sean Courtman, as well as young learner, Reece Ramm, to plant strawberries, peas, tomatoes and flowers; as well as doing some heavy lifting to clear a two-meter pathway of overgrown brambles.
Green Corridor aims to help disadvantaged youngsters by helping them to gain land-based qualifications, develop new skills and realise their potential.
The hotel, which is operated by independent hotel management company, Redefine|BDL Hotels, has a strong relationship with Green Corridor, having taken part in three previous projects throughout 2015.
Stephen Brown, general manager at Holiday Inn London Heathrow – Ariel, said, “We’ve been involved with Green Corridor for around a year and this is our fourth volunteer day. The team loves to come out and help the charity. It’s a chance to get out and about as well as helping young people in the local area with great potential, but few opportunities, to learn skills and improve their chances of future employment.
“We also learn a great deal and get to meet some really inspiring people along the way. It’s hard work, but we can’t wait until our next project.”
Julie Docking, head of operations at Green Corridor, said, “We always have enormous fun working alongside corporate volunteer groups such as Holiday Inn London Heathrow – Ariel. We are extremely grateful for all their hard work and are always amazed at how much is achieved in such a short time. It also gives us an opportunity to share with others the ethos of Green Corridor and our aspirations for the future.”
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