Microsoft give up time to dig, chop and plant at Ravenswood

1 May 2014

Nearly 100 volunteers from Microsoft’s Public Sector team arrived from across the UK to volunteer at Ravenswood, Norwood’s home to 130 people with learning disabilities in Berkshire.

The team that work across sales, technical and administrative functions with customers including the NHS, MoD, schools and universities, and a wide range of Government departments spent the day carrying out a whole variety of tasks from digging and chopping, to planting trees and painting garden furniture. The following day, during Microsoft’s business update meeting attended by 140 people, an amazing £415 was raised in just 10 minutes! This was then matched by Microsoft, so a very generous £830 was donated to Ravenswood.

Microsoft’s Anna Chambers, Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Public Sector said: "We had an absolutely fantastic day. So many of the group have spoken to me about their experiences and the truly positive impact it had on them. They loved talking to the residents and interacting with them. It was heart-warming to see the differences they were making to the Ravenswood community, not just today, but also for the future. We very much look forward to coming back again very soon."

Sophie Wellings, Norwood’s Head of Volunteering said: "We greatly appreciated members of Microsoft’s Public Sector team giving up a day to help at Ravenswood and were pleased to help them deliver against their CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) objectives. They were a pleasure to have on site and the contributions they made were greatly appreciated. Thank you so much to the whole team."