Ground improvements help disabled residents

A team of Murphy employees have been helping disabled people living at a residential home near Preston get out and about to enjoy the grounds and fresh air. 

The residents at Oaklands, a Leonard Cheshire House Residential Home in Garstang, had been struggling to use the extensive grounds there because they were waterlogged and inaccessible. 

Murphy volunteers have spent the past month clearing overgrown bushes and shrubs, installing drainage, putting in water and electric to the greenhouse, and laying new paths and a viewing platform area so that wheelchair users can also use the beautiful gardens. 

The team at Oaklands is thrilled with the work that’s been done – something that would have potentially taken years for the charity to achieve without Murphy’s help. 

Martin Wintermeyer, volunteer coordinator for Oaklands, said: “It’s been fabulous! I was really pleased to meet the team and see how much they achieved, and I’d like to thank everyone so very much for everything they’ve all done. They know how much difference they’ve all made and how very grateful we are.”  

Chris Cayton, senior operations manager, said: “Network Rail asked us if we’d be interested in helping out and we were more than happy to get involved. Everyone in the team was great and we hope the residents and staff can now enjoy spending time outdoors thanks to the improvements.”