Severn Trent Community Champions get their paint brushes out in Leicester

Wednesday 24 May

Volunteers from Severn Trent got their paint brushes out to help with some essential maintenance on two canal locks in Leicester.

The team of 13 volunteers were working as part of the company’s Community Champions ( scheme spent a day on the canal at King’s Lock, that connects with the River Soar in the Aylestone area of the city.The team gave the locks a lick of paint to help keep them protected from the weather and looking their best ahead of the busy summer on the canals.

Leanne Town, who organises the Community Champions programme at Severn Trent, said: “This was a really productive day and our volunteers enjoyed being able to take the time to help the Canal and Rivers Trust and give something back to the community.

“We’re committed to improving the environment in our local communities and are currently carrying out volunteering days like this across the region.”

The Community Champions scheme allows all Severn Trent members of staff to spend two days a year volunteering in their communities. Already this year volunteers have helped clear river banks, maintain canals and spruce up public spaces across the region.

Leanne added: “We’re big believers in volunteering, which is why we encourage and empower our employees to get out and about in their communities.

“Whether it’s volunteering at our one of our stunning visitor sites, supporting our chosen charities or working with our key partners to help make our region’s rivers even healthier, we’re proud that our Community Champions are helping to make a real difference.