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Horsham Volunteers Improve Access

Getting out and about at break time has become easier for disabled pupils at Woodlands Meed, following a community project by a team of SGN volunteers and their contractor, Cappagh. 

An uneven pathway around the school grounds made it difficult for pupils in wheelchairs to get out into the school grounds at break times. When they heard about this an eight-strong team of volunteers from the gas network company’s Sussex depot enlisted the help of four volunteers from their contractor, Cappagh, to lay a new pathway.  

The volunteers also rolled up their sleeves to tidy the school grounds, clearing 30 giant rubbish bags full of leaves, brambles and bracken – enough to fill an extra large skip.

The idea for helping out at the school came from Steve Hands, a Connections Team Manager at SGN’s Sussex depot in Horsham, whose son is a pupil there. Steve said: “He’s been at the school for a year now and staff there have helped him tremendously. It was the perfect opportunity, with the help of Cappagh and my other colleagues, to be able to give something back to them.” 

Business Performance Manager Kristina Brown, who was one of those who accompanied Steve on the day, said: “We had a great day and the weather was kind to us. After clearing thirty bags of leaves though I have to admit I was worn out.”

David Anning, Business manager for Woodlands Meed School, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new path. It means that wheelchair access is much easier for big and small wheels alike, and our disabled pupils are already reaping the benefits of being able to get out in the fresh air during their break times.”