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Fire Cadets team up with Port Vale footballer

16/04/2015

Morgan Bailey with Port Vale defender Nathan Smith and Jonathan Ashton
Morgan Bailey with Port Vale defender Nathan Smith and Jonathan Ashton

Fire Cadets based in Sandyford teamed up with Port Vale Football Club player Nathan Smith as part of a community project.

"The young people have been giving up their spare time and have worked incredibly hard during the Easter break to make a real difference to the care home’s residents. They have really spruced up the garden which I am sure will have a positive impact on the quality of life of those who use it in the summer months"

Fire Cadets Instructor Jess Patten

The defender joined 10 young people, aged 14 – 17, while they were giving the garden at the Agnes and Arthur Care Home in Bradeley a facelift.

They have been transforming the grounds to make them more relaxing and inviting so that the residents - some of whom have dementia or learning difficulties - can enjoy spending time outside.

Asda in Tunstall provided plants for the project after the Fire Cadets took part in a sponsored bag pack at the store to help raise money for equipment.

Fire Cadets Instructor Jess Patten said: “We are delighted that Port Vale Football Club is supporting this worthwhile project and that Asda has donated plants which will be used to brighten up the garden.

“The young people have been giving up their spare time and have worked incredibly hard during the Easter break to make a real difference to the care home’s residents. They have really spruced up the garden which I am sure will have a positive impact on the quality of life of those who use it in the summer months.”  

Hanley Fire Cadets also revamped the garden at North Shelton Community Centre last week.

The venue re-opened in 2013 and is being managed by ‘The Foundation’, a non-profit organisation which relies on donations and grants.

The facility provides a safe place for older people to meet and it could also benefit pupils at St Marks Etruscan School who may use it for extra-curricular activities in the future.