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Atos lends a helping hand at children’s respite home

Mon, 2013-10-07 10:19

Employees from leading international IT services company Atos have been helping to brighten up the environment for children at a respite home in Livingston.

Ten employees, from the company’s Livingston office, worked at NHS Lothian’s Sunndach Children’s Respite Home, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to charitable work in the community.

The team allowed their creativity to flow as they helped tidy the garden and planted 300 bulbs which had been donated by Dobbies Garden Centre. The team of business technologists also painted a ‘Lego themed’ mural in one of the main bathrooms, which had been suggested by staff at Sunndach.

Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “Atos have been wonderful supporters of our work at Sunndach and do so much to both raise funds and help to make the gardens a lovely place for the children and their families. We are so grateful to them for giving up their time to garden for  us and for helping to raise funds which have bought valuable sensory equipment which helps to bring happiness into the lives of the children who spend time at the house - it makes it such a special place for them and for their families.”

Aiden Honley, Client Executive for Public and Private Sectors in Atos said: “Atos has always had a strong track record of working with the local community on projects like this. Working at Sunndach allows those involved to give something back and the rewards are there for all to see.

“The company has a long standing relationship with Sunndach and the team who undertook the work were proud to support such a valuable service for the community. We hope that the children and staff at the Sunndach Children’s Respite Home enjoy their garden and new mural.”

Atos have raised over £6,500 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation which supports the respite home since the beginning of this year. The Sick Kids Friends Foundation has been one of Atos’ chosen corporate charities since 2008.

Atos in Scotland also supports other corporate charities – Maggies, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.