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MARS Supports Family Action Slough Community Garden
24th March 2010

Associates from Mars Chocolate in Slough have been helping to carry out improvements in the Family Action Slough community garden this week.
The UK SIMs and Works Councils review applications quarterly, based on healthy active lifestyles, the environment and pet welfare. Mars supports its associates through volunteering, match-funding, product donation and payroll giving.

Fifteen Associates from the Mars Sales team have been digging and planting in the garden as well as painting play equipment used by the local children.

Family Action Slough is based in Britwell and supports disadvantaged and socially isolated families. The local garden provides produce for the community and a relaxed environment for families to enjoy. The garden was made possible because Family Action made a successful bid to ITV The People’s Millions (the Big Lottery Fund).

Tanya Rayner, from Family Action Slough said: “Around 200 families use Family Action Slough and they are going to appreciate the work done by Mars – it’s going to brighten up the Summer! The community can see what can be achieved in a garden.”

Anita Herbert, from Mars Chocolate, said: “Working in the community gardens is a fun and rewarding way for us to give back to the local community. It also demonstrates our commitment to improving the environment and encouraging healthy active lifestyles.”

Helping out in the garden this week is just one of the ways that Mars Associates will be supporting Family Action Slough this year: Mars has provided Associates with flower and vegetable seeds to plant at home. Over 30 Associates will be tending to their flowerbeds and vegetable patches and growing plants, which will then be donated to the community garden.

Further Mars team activity days will be taking place in the community garden throughout the course of the year.

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