Heroes relax in woodlands

On 29th July, Arqiva employees participated in a local community project close to their hearts.

Tedworth House, Tidworth – is one of the four recovery centres run by Help for Heroes in partnership with The Defence Recovery Capability.

Tedworth House, Tidworth – is one of the four recovery centres run by Help for Heroes in partnership with The Defence Recovery Capability.

Wiltshire Wildlife TrustHelp for HeroesTedworth House, Tidworth – is one of the four recovery centres run by Help for Heroes in partnership with The Defence Recovery Capability. Arqiva’s Community Challenge was launched this year to encourage employees to seek out local community or charitable organisations of their choice, which would benefit from a group of volunteers helping out on a project that could be completed in one day.

Working with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the 11 Arqiva employees identified the opportunity to help out Tedworth House that has 26 acres of woodland that requires pro-active management. With tools at the ready, the Arqiva team worked in the woodland, splitting logs for firewood, building bird boxes and carrying out maintenance on the newly planted trees. By helping out with these activities, injured serving military personnel and veterans who are recovering at Tedworth House are able to enjoy the calming effects of the woodlands and nature, which helps them to detract from the traumas experienced while on duty.

“Having Arqiva help out at Tedworth House made such a big difference. The woodlands need constant upkeep to maintain and improve them as a resource to benefit the beneficiaries of the recovery centre, and provide an environment to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, which helps with their recovery journey.”

“The physical and mental battles our heroes face will not disappear and the generosity of our volunteers, like those from Arqiva, helps ensure we can deliver the optimum support for life to our wounded heroes.

“Companies like Arqiva provide tangible value to Tedworth House and its residents. For our wounded, injured and sick, seeing volunteers at the Recovery Centre remind them that they are not embarking on their recovery journey alone and that the public are backing their cause. We are very grateful that Arqiva have chosen Help for Heroes as their charity to support.”

Arqiva funds all materials used in the Community Challenge, and employees are set a budget on how much they can spend on a project.

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