David Lewis is one of the largest care providers in Cheshire who offer education, residential, medical, and therapeutic support for people with learning disabilities, epilepsy, autism and other complex support needs. Thanks to AstraZeneca’s generosity, hundreds of people who use their specialist facilities benefit from the thousands of hours donated in 2022.

Through their support with David Lewis, AstraZeneca has helped the charity complete a vast amount of projects that unlock spaces for inclusion and equal opportunities for children, young people and adults supported by the charity. David Lewis offers several services that aim to engage individuals with nature, farming, animals, conservation, horticulture woodcraft and sensory experiences, intended to help develop individuals knowledge, skills, increase independence and provide opportunities to be part of a team in a supportive environment.

Kirrie Todd, Head of Communications at AstraZeneca Macclesfield  said, “Our employee volunteering programme is  an incredible opportunity for our company to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

Part of our strategy is to be a great place to work, with a focus on inclusion and diversity. Employee Volunteering linked us with David Lewis which enabled our employees to support a cause they are really passionate about. It’s been a great way to contribute towards life changing projects and facilitate fun and inspiring team building activities.”

John Heritage, Chief Executive at David Lewis commented, “We are so proud to be supported by great companies like AstraZeneca. We are so grateful for AstraZeneca’s support with their employees volunteering their time to support our work and in such a practical way.  

We have pledged to plant over 1 million bulbs and over 9000 trees across our 200 acres of land in March this year. This will reduce our carbon footprint in line with our aspirations around environment and sustainability and this project will provide another great opportunity for us to connect with local businesses who are looking to make an impact in their community.”

AstraZeneca employees rolled up their sleeves tidying up allotments, weeding, painting fences, residential homes, animal paddocks and laying slabs to name a few.

The charity is keen to hear from any local organisations looking to benefit their communities through fundraising and volunteering, email enquries@davidlewis.org.uk to find out how you can get involved in future projects.

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