Members of DB Schenker Bournemouth’s brokerage team took part in the company’s annual volunteer day by giving a day of their time to make up and pack Christmas wreath-making kits for the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. Every year the hospice holds festive, fund-raising wreath making events and the kits formed part of the Poole-based organisation’s 2023 activity.
There was plenty to do with 16 events being held at locations across east Dorset at the end of November and early December. The DB Schenker team of Jordan Bateson, Ceidih Byrne and Marina Holt rolled up their sleeves and got down to the packing and organising.
Pine cones, dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, wires, embellishments, baubles and the wreaths themselves all had to be counted and sorted before being put into individual boxes for the participants to use when attending the courses.
Said Ceidih Byrne, Customs Broker: “I really enjoyed seeing the hospice for myself and seeing the great facilities they have for the patients. I am looking forward to using one of the kits we put together at the wreath making workshop in a few weeks’ time!'
Added Jordan Bateson, Customs Broker: “It was really nice spending a day with two other colleagues outside of the office environment, to find out more about one another whilst working as a team to achieve a goal. The team at Lewis-Manning are doing great work and for us to be able to contribute to that in some way is something I’m very proud of.’
Commenting on the work of the team Ruth Wright, of the Lewis-Manning Hospice said: “It was great to meet you all. Thank you so much for all your incredible help on Friday preparing our Christmas Wreath workshop boxes. We are so grateful to you for volunteering your time”.
Added Marina Holt, DB Schenker Customs Broker: “This was a wonderful opportunity to make a small contribution to a local charity who were raising money for this essential service. We really enjoyed learning more about the Hospice and all of the work they do to help their clients and families through a very difficult time.'
Other members of the team have additionally participated in one of the wreath-making workshops in the local Swanage Church which they said was great fun whilst also enabling them to contribute by raising money for the charity.