Big-Hearted Scottish Water Volunteers' Festive Fun

21 December 2018
Scottish Water staff volunteer at BHF Scotland’s shop on Nicolson Street Edinburgh

Festive Volunteers

Scottish Water's Director of People,Shirley Campbell, joins team to help out at Edinburgh charity shop

A team of big-hearted Scottish Water staff joined the festive fun at one of the Capital’s busiest charity shops.The seven-strong team took time out to volunteer at BHF Scotland’s shop on Nicolson Street. They donned festive hats and helped sort and price items, stack shelves, work the tills and sell raffle tickets for half a day.

Shirley Campbell, Director of People at Scottish Water, said: “We wanted to give something back this festive season and know the great work the British Heart Foundation does to help save lives. It was great fun and really got us all in the festive spirit.”

All 4,500 Scottish Water staff are encouraged to volunteer in their communities and are given two days a year to do this. Volunteer work includes litter-picking at Portobello and Granton beaches and talks at schools and nurseries across the Lothians about what not to put in the sewer network. By the end of this month the organisation will have donated more than 600 volunteer days (4440 hours) in 2018.

Anna Barker, Manager at BHF Scotland’s Nicolson Street shop, said: “The Scottish Water team were a great help. We are really busy at this time of year and every hour of volunteering makes such a difference. One in four people die from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. By donating their time, volunteers are playing a key role in helping us beat heartbreak for families and loved ones.

“We currently have 38 regular volunteers who come in for between four hours and three days a week. As one of our busiest stores, we are always looking for volunteers so we thank Scottish Water for helping out and look forward to welcoming them to the store again next year.”