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Gardeners from Greggs in Enfield get Active For Kids in makeover project at YMCA Haringey
Disabled children are looking forward to enjoying the great outdoors after they and a team of volunteers brought a new garden into full bloom.
Six managers from Greggs bakery in Enfield teamed up with charity Action For Kids to ensure its users can reap the rewards of growing vegetables and playing outside at the YMCA Haringey Club on Tottenham Lane, Hornsey.
Annalie, 21, who has a learning disability, loved getting busy in the garden.
She said: “It was fun, I enjoyed helping out and was really nice that the volunteers helped us too. I can’t wait to grow some carrots and tomatoes.”
The work took place on Friday, September 27. The charity’s corporate manager Lyn Prodger said: “We can’t believe how much the team from Greggs achieved in one day – the ground work is all now complete, raised beds built and the beginnings of a wide path are underway.
"This will all result in a completely accessible garden where everyone here can grow their own produce. We can’t thank Greggs enough for this and everything they do for Action For Kids.”
Greggs volunteer Janice Moy said: “It was a really fun day and we all enjoyed working alongside the young people, sharing in their enthusiasm and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with this worthwhile cause.”
Greggs was not the only source of volunteers. Once word got out, workers from nearby Thai restaurant Too Too Moo came down to help out.
The project, which is nearing completion, is also supported by local property management company Petit Papillon Management.
Action For Kids aims to help young people with physical and learning disabilities discover greater levels of independence through their programme entitled Towards Independence.