A group photo of Nexen volunteers and Roxburghe House staff.
Nexen volunteers and Roxburghe House staff on the hospice grounds.

May 19, 2015

Big-hearted Nexen employees swept into the gardens of Roxburghe House, a local hospice in Aberdeen, Scotland to volunteer to do some much-needed gardening work this spring.

Team members from Golden Eagle, Nexen’s newest operated project in the UK North Sea, travelled to Roxburghe House, a palliative care unit, to carry out volunteering activities this month. The team included Craig McDonald, Tom Lavin, Craig Durham, Sharon Lewis-Dalby, Joanne Golder, Paul Ironside and Jane McTavish

This is the third time that Golden Eagle team members have attended the hospice to work in the gardens, having previously volunteered in April 2015 and October 2014.

Hospice staff and management have been delighted by the support from Nexen employees with Mandy Urquhart, Voluntary Services Manager, saying: “I can only thank Nexen colleagues once again for their wonderful enthusiasm and supporting of the work at Roxburghe House. Seeing you all again is like welcoming back old friends into our home.”

The Golden Eagle team selected Roxburghe House as their “chosen charity”’ and committed to using their two volunteering days this year, part of Nexen’s ReachOut community investment program, to help this worthy organization.

The volunteers dug out an area of the garden in preparation to erect a new greenhouse to be used by day-centre patients, which will be a great addition to the grounds of the hospice.

Jane McTavish, Nexen added: “All the team members were kept very busy all day – we dug out an area in the lawn for a new gazebo, helped weed the patio areas, picked up leaves and broken branches and pruned trees. The weather was fantastic and whilst it was a day of hard graft it was a humbling experience for everyone involved.”

The gardens have now been re-energised giving the patients a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy together with their family, friends and staff.