11 May 2018
Nottingham City Homes’ employee of the Year, Housing Patch Manager Kate Rand, has demonstrated just why she was awarded the title when she went above and beyond to support a pocket park in Broxtowe.
Kate supports Broxtowe Community Club’s pocket park on the Broxtowe estate, which provides a space for residents to plant, grow and harvest plants and vegetables. The club had 50 car tyres donated to use in the park as planters, and were looking for top soil – so Kate made it her mission to find some.
She got in touch with Hucknall couple Bruce and Karen Falconer, who were selling top soil on Gumtree, and told them about the project. They wanted to help straight away – Bruce said, “I just had to help as soon as Kate told me. I know how hard it is to come across good top quality top soil and I was more than happy to donate it for free, as long as they could pick it up.”
Kate stepped in again, offering NCH’s help to transport the soil from Hucknall to Broxtowe.
When the team arrived in Broxtowe, they were greeted by the team of volunteers who were ready and waiting to use the soil, so they could get planting.
The Falconers haven’t had an easy time recently, and are almost at the end of a project which has completely reshaped their garden to help Karen make the most of it - she is currently being treated for a brain tumour and diabetes, and has previously undergone treatment for cervical cancer. Her fiancé Bruce has also suffered with mouth cancer and cared for his dying father, subsequently losing him to cancer.
Kate said: “All the volunteers at Broxtowe Community Club, and the staff at NCH, are very grateful for the kind donation from Karen and Bruce. They’ve had a really difficult time, and they continue to do so. I hope the knowledge that their donation is very much appreciated and that the top soil is being put to very good use is a comfort to them.
“I want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts and wish them well for the future. I hope they continue to enjoy their beautiful garden.”