The idea for the clean-up came from SSE Airtricity's colleagues at Donegal County Council and the team at the Utility Solutions’ Donegal depot were only too pleased to help out and kick off this month's National Spring Clean by cleaning and carrying out repairs at the Abbey Centre. Their hard day’s work consisted of cleaning gutters, fixing light fittings, putting up vents and power hosing the entire building.
The Abbey Centre originally opened its doors in 1959 as a cinema and now hosts a rich programme of community and arts activities, including theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, education and film. Situated at the top of the beautiful and ancient market town of Ballyshannon, the centre serves the local communities of South & West Donegal, Leitrim, North Sligo, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
Through its Community at Heart scheme, SSE Airtricity gives every employee the opportunity to take a day away from their usual schedule and donate their time to a charity or community group of their choice. In the past, staff members have volunteered for organisations such as Barnardo’s, the National Children's Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society.
Barry McCrudden, SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions, said: “It was a really worthwhile day. It’s great to give something back to the community. The guys at the centre seemed delighted with our help, and that’s what matters most at the end of the day. It was also a lot of fun and it’s always nice for our team to do something together away from our normal nine-to-fives. The Community at Heart programme is a fantastic opportunity for SSE Airtricity employees to help their local community and experience something new at the same time. I would encourage everyone to use their Community at Heart day during the year.”