Apprentices from Western Power Distribution have made a massive impact during a week-long volunteering project for St. Margaret's Hospice.

Teams from the firm distributed 13,000 donation bags to homes in Somerset this week. So far 2,000 bags containing clothes and other donated items have been returned, with more still coming in. They also collected many donations of furniture.

Thanks to the generosity of people across the county, the project has brought in around £70,000 of stock which will now be sorted and distributed to St. Margaret's Hospice charity shops across Somerset. Sales will help to fund our care services for 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses each year.

During the week, the volunteers carried out around 1,400 hours of work. At least £15,000 of labour and materials were used to improve the layout in our warehouse. This work will be invaluable in improving our systems, making a far better working environment for staff and volunteers.

The project has also helped to raise awareness of the hospice, with three house clearances already arranged as a result.

Susan Kerber, retail business support manager at St. Margaret's Hospice, said: "We are overwhelmed by the support Western Power Distribution have given us. It’s more than we could ever have imagined or hoped for. We’ll continue to benefit from this project for years to come, and words just can’t express how grateful we are to them for choosing to support us. What a fabulous company and a wonderful team of people to work with."

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities for your teams, please contact Sadie Ellison, corporate partnership fundraiser, on 01823 345910 or email [email protected].