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Three groups benefit from Community Day efforts

Volunteers leave the office to lend a hand at centre, hospice and nature reserve.

Group of people in CSL Behring T-shirts sorting hospice donations
Volunteers sort clothes for sale for St Peter and St James Hospice

Volunteers from CSL Behring UK and Ireland supported three great causes on their 2023 summer Community Day. About 35 colleagues took part in activities across Sussex, near their Haywards Heath head office.

Team One worked at the Cherry Tree Centre, in Burgess Hill, home to community organisations including a playgroup for children with learning disabilities, a club for dementia patients and a support hub for Ukrainian refugees and their host families. They spent the day gardening and ensuring the centre’s grounds look their best for the summer.

Team Two cleaned a beach at Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Seaford Head nature reserve. Items found on the beach were carefully recorded and the information will be shared with a national research project. The reserve is home to the rare Potter Flower Bee, found in only three places in England.

Team Three spent their day sorting clothes, records and books donated for sale by St Peter and St James Hospice, in North Chailey, which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Claire Sumpter, Head of Operations at Mid Sussex Voluntary Action, which runs the Cherry Tree Centre, said: “The team’s efforts have transformed our outdoor spaces so that they are now clear of weeds, rubbish etc and can be used to their full potential. 

“All users of the centre will feel the immediate benefit of our clean and tidy environment and take pride in their community hub. Our heartfelt thanks from all of the staff, volunteers, café customers, centre users and community groups at The Cherry Tree.”


GBR-CRP-0452 Prepared August 2023