Amey works with supply chain to deliver Ground Force style makeover for ex-RAF Serviceman

Amey works with supply chain to deliver Ground Force style makeover for ex-RAF Serviceman

In our Defence contracts, we’re always looking for ways to combine our professional skills with our volunteering work to better support military communities and a recent project in Windsor was taken to the next level when Amey teams, supported by local supply chain partners, carried out a Ground Force style makeover to transform the garden of ex-RAF Serviceman, Andy Humphries.

Andy served in the RAF as a supply specialist for six and a half years and was based at RAF Brize Norton, a site we are proud to support as part of our Regional Prime South East contract. He was medically discharged from the RAF in 1995 under Options for Change, having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the year before.

Andy said:

“After leaving the Forces I worked as a Financial Advisor before being made redundant in 2012. Since then I have struggled with my illness and as the years go by, I’m finding it more and more difficult to keep mobile. My garden fell into disrepair and I was unable to use it due to it not being safe for my wheelchair.”

Amey teams heard about Andy from Andy Fairclough, one of Amey’s Quantity Surveyors in the South East. His mother lives next door and had seen him struggling against an ever more overgrown garden. Andy Fairclough set about finding a solution and approached the Area Amey team who engaged immediately with our supply chain partners. The response was fast and positive with all those approached being very keen to help out. They soon agreed a plan of action to bring Andy’s garden back to its former glory.

The project was split into two phases with phase one consisting of Amey teams, along with supply chain partners Tivoli Group Ltd, offering to help with the task of clearing and levelling the garden in readiness for the works to take place. Tivoli, along with Kemp Construction and Speedy Hire, provided all the machinery and labour needed for phase 1 – free of charge!

Phase 2 was where the garden really started to take shape. With more equipment and machinery supplied by Speedy Hire and Antac Ltd, our volunteers laid a new patio and built a lean-to with external power and lighting for Andy’s golf buggy, all generously donated by Antac Ltd. The lawn was re-turfed, two raised flower beds were created and planted with easy to maintain flowers and shrubs and an outside garden hose connector was installed. To complete the makeover, new garden furniture was purchased to enable Andy to sit back and admire his new garden.

Andy was overjoyed with the results and said:

“I am enormously grateful to Amey, Antac, Tivoli, Kemp Construction and Speedy Hire for the time and effort they put into creating my new garden. They obliterated the overgrown jungle it had become and transformed it into a really lovely place to be and one that is a real pleasure to spend time in.”

Tim Redfern, Amey’s Director of Defence added:

“I would like to personally thank all those who contributed, financially and/or physically with their time and efforts and special thanks to Antac who went above and beyond with their provision of labour, plant and materials. There has been tremendous pride from all those involved that such a great outcome has been achieved for a very worthy individual. Apart from delivering a professional result, it’s demonstrated how effective supply chain collaboration can be when there is a very clear and shared objective. What a fantastic team effort.”

Author Karen Homer, Communications Manager – Amey

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