TREES have been planted at The Children's Trust site in Tadworth in recognition and celebration of members of staff who have worked there for more than 20 years.
The special ceremony, attended by the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Roger Newstead, and Reigate MP Crispin Blunt, saw three trees planted, including a cherry oak and a Himalayan birch.
A cedar stump with engraved name plaques of staff from all areas of the charity, including nursing, housekeeping and maintenance, was also placed among the trees.
Children's Trust chief executive Andrew Ross, who has himself been there for 20 years, said: "The Trust emphatically values long service.
"Your collective wisdom and experience are extremely important. Seeing things from a historical perspective can help us understand better who we are and what we are capable of.
"The [tree] planting is not only symbolic but it is also practical in maintaining the glorious setting we have here.”
The Children's Trust is a charity providing care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, as well as rehabilitation services to children with an acquired brain injury.
A tree planting ceremony will now take place every year for those with 20 or more years’ service.
Long-serving manual handling co-ordinator, Lorna Bew, said: "I started off as a rehabilitation care assistant and have had many varied roles, due to the trust’s ongoing commitment to developing their staff.
"I am now responsible for assessing manual handling risks and training staff in safe moving and handling techniques.”
Speaking of the tree planting, she said: “It was a lovely day and such a nice way to be recognised. I enjoy every day of my work and find the children and families an inspiration.
"It is something that money cannot buy, I feel very lucky to be part of the team.”
Article from Angela Brooks at getsurrey
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