Big-hearted colleagues at Fusion have taken some time out to assist at the Epilepsy Society’s Christmas dinner for close to 100 residents at Chalfont St Peter, in Buckinghamshire.
Pam Chironda, Occupational Health Nurse, was joined by Becky Tranter, Skills and Employment Manager, to volunteer at the local branch of the Society, which is near to the Colne Valley and Chiltern Tunnel, where Fusion is carrying out preparatory groundwork on behalf of HS2 (High Speed 2). The event included music from a soloist, which was followed by a post-meal performance by an Abba tribute band.
This branch of the Society, which is now part of a national charity, was established in the 1800s as isolation hub for people who had epilepsy, which was heavily stigmatised condition at the time.
Pam said: “I found the experience very informative and enlightening. We learned about the history of the Society and about epilepsy as a condition.
“I really enjoyed it and would definitely do it again. It gave us an opportunity to allow the staff who care for the residents to have a few hours of rest while we served the food and cleared up after them! As someone who has worked in the care sector, it meant so much to give back in this way.”
Pam and Becky were joined by with counterparts from HS2 and Align JV, one of the main works contractors in the south section of HS2’s route.
Pam (front) with fellow volunteers at the Epilepsy Society’s Christmas Dinner