Rhodar comes to the rescue for WellChild in Bristol
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Rhodar recently came to the rescue of a local family and WellChild, the national charity for children with exceptional health needs, after asbestos containing materials were uncovered at a project in Withywood, Bristol.
WellChild’s most recent ‘Helping Hands’ Garden Project saw a team of volunteers from wealth management business, St. James’s Place, come together in partnership with the charity to help transform a local family’s garden into a safe and inspiring space for its two young children to play. However, on the first day of the project the volunteer team discovered several large sheets of asbestos containing material buried in the garden, which had been discarded from an old garage roof.
Unable to continue the works, WellChild sought help from Rhodar, one of the UK’s leading asbestos removal companies, which has a long-standing partnership with the charity, to remove the asbestos and ensure the garden project could go ahead safely. Rhodar organised for its expert team to assist as soon as possible, free of charge.
Lorna Pedersen, Head of Helping Hands at WellChild, said: “Rhodar helped us massively. They got to us really quickly, coming the next day to inspect the site and removing the asbestos the day after. This meant peace of mind for the family and for our volunteer company, St James’ Place. Having things dealt with so efficiently meant that we could get straight on with organising to come back and finish the garden for the family.”
Jason Davy, managing director at Rhodar, said: “Findings like this highlight the need for caution when uncovering things at home - asbestos in older garage roofing is commonplace and can often be buried in gardens, so WellChild did the right thing by calling in the experts. We’re proud to work with WellChild and I’m so pleased we were able to help the project team and the family they were supporting. I know our team is also looking forward to completing our own Helping Hands project with the charity soon!”
WellChild delivers inspiring projects throughout the country, which are selected by need of the families who apply. The charity’s vision is to provide every child and young person living with serious health needs the best chance to thrive – properly supported at home with their families.
Rhodar has donated £20,000 to WellChild in the last two years through its partnership with the charity and is continuing its fundraising work this year, undertaking its Venture & Volunteer initiative, which consists of a garden project in July and a Lake District-based challenge event in September.