Nine colleagues from the Hull branch of Jelf, leading advisers in insurance, risk management and employee benefits, have volunteered their time with Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire (‘HEY’) to help bring a garden back to life for local people living with sight loss.

Jelf donated bedding plants and volunteered the services of eleven employees to help make the grounds at Beech Holme Court more attractive and usable for the accommodation’s visually impaired residents as well as adding plants to promote sensory smells. It took the team one day to prune, paint, weed and dig in order to transform the outdoor space.

Nicholas Desforges, Commercial Account Handler at Jelf, said, “As a community-based adviser, we are committed to standing by organisations like Sight Support HEY that truly make a difference in the communities in which they operate. Out of all of our senses, sight loss is the hardest. The work the charity does helps visually impaired people to maintain their independence and live full and active lives, something many of us take for granted. We hope the tenants will enjoy the garden’s revitalisation.”

Neville, a tenant at Beech Home Court, commented: “It looks much better – tidier and I hadn’t realised we have an apple tree!”

Sandra Ackroyd, Chief Executive at Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire which manages the Beech Holme Court said “We are so grateful to the team who have been gardening, painting and repairing with a range of skills. The weather was as we hoped to make it a very successful day. We are very grateful to Jelf Insurance committing time to volunteer to give our outdoor space a makeover. It will make a great space once again for our tenants and their guests.”