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Two students from a special school in Leicester have gained confidence about working life after completing a period of work experience at our Thurmaston store.

Daniel, Jordan and Melissa

Eighteen year olds Daniel and Jordan from West Gate Special School visited the store each Friday for the last five weeks, completing a variety of tasks in the store.

Elaine Braden, who is an employment officer at the school, said: “The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it gave them confidence. They got a great insight in to life in the adult world and were given name badges, uniform and their own locker.”

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Posted in Community on 23 May 2016
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When Nick Brooker’s motorised wheelchair broke down he was stuck on a busy road half a mile from his home in Eastbourne… until our delivery driver Laurence Williams spotted him and pulled over.

Laurence, Nick and carer Ana

Nick, who has trouble speaking, showed him a card with his name and address – and Laurence pushed him back to Chaseley Trust Home, which cares for people with acquired brain injuries.

Ana Kirk, team leader in direct care at Chaseley Trust, said: “It was a very beautiful thing that Laurence did. It was quite a distance to push him back. These motorised wheelchairs are very heavy for one person to push, particularly as part of the journey was uphill.”

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Posted in News & Blogs on 20 May 2016
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Do you recognise this cute bunny? She’s been living in our Barnes Hill store for the last three weeks and Community Champion Katey is desperate to reunite her with her owner!

Katey with the bunny

A customer handed the bunny in to the customer services desk after finding it on the shop floor and Katey decided to take it to her office to look after.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 20 May 2016
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We’re so proud of our amazing colleague Adam Brook, who’s recovering after donating a kidney to save the life of one of his best friends.

Lewis and Adam

Adam, a home shopping driver at our Middlesbrough store, turned out to be a perfect match for his teenage friend Lewis Linton who desperately needed a kidney donor.

So last month they had surgery on the same day at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, with Lewis receiving Adam’s healthy kidney.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 19 May 2016
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We’re proud to be sponsoring a project at the Chelsea Flower Show which aims to enable hospice patients to enjoy respite in an accessible garden sanctuary.

Alison and Stephen

The Garden Bed features a real hospital bed as its centrepiece and invites visitors to view the hospice garden through the eyes of the patient. A natural ‘quilt’ lies across the bed, woven with foliage and flowers.

The design has been created by lifelong friends Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch to highlight the advantages of designing accessible hospice gardens.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 19 May 2016