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A charity which uses gardening as a method to change and improve the lives of disabled people has been given a boost of £1,000.
Thrive, is a small national charity with its headquarters based in Beech Hill, Reading, and it uses the process of gardening to help its clients literally transform their lives.
It offers help and support to those who want to garden at home, or who have access to a plot, or who may want to access structured horticultural therapy programmes.
Gardening can bring about profound change, from improvements in physical or psychological health to adjustments in attitudes and behaviours.
Sue Tabor, Trunkwell Garden Manager at Thrive, said: "We are extremely grateful to AWE for this generous donation.
“This year will be another financially challenging year for everyone. We remain committed to our disabled gardeners because we know how horticultural therapy works simply by witnessing the changes in the many people who come to us, and how they move on in their lives. Whatever their disability, we know can help.
“But we couldn’t achieve anything without gifts like this from AWE. Donations to Thrive are cherished and carefully used. We work hard to make sure our gardening programmes provide the best possible outcomes for the disabled people we support and 97 pence in every pound received is spent on them."
The charity was nominated by Mick Dennison, from AWE, whose wife Helen is a volunteer worker at Thrive.
Mick, a Configuration Control Engineer, said: “Thrive is an amazing place which supports people of all ages with all kinds of disabilities.
“I am very pleased AWE can support this local and worthwhile cause. Thrive relies heavily on charitable donations for funding and has a small band of volunteers who help maintain the safe environment to work in.
“The happiness on the faces of the clients is plain to see, as they overcome their personal challenges and reap the rewards of their own endeavours.”
There are plenty of different gardens for clients to use and practice the skills they have learnt. Clients also have their individual plots, like mini-allotments where they can grow vegetables or flowers and have something personalised to watch and tend.
There is a herb garden, an oriental-themed garden, and a woodland area. As visitors finish their tour they can see the gold-medal winning garden that was created for the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show.
Michele Maidment, secretary of AWE’s Community Committee, presented the cheque with Mick on Tuesday (February 7).
She said: “It’s always difficult picking a charity from the nominations we receive, but Thrive is particularly inspiring and we’re delighted to be able to help in this way.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.