Toilet planters and bath tub veg patches sold for Beckton hospice

Flowers in toilets used on the site.

Flowers in toilets used on the site. - Credit: Archant

Workers keeping the borough green and tidy were flushed with their success after they raised over £1,000 for a hospice with these odd garden ornaments.

Wooden mushrooms.

Wooden mushrooms. - Credit: Archant

Staff from government service company Serco, whose office in East Ham are employed by Newham Council for grounds maintenance, hit upon a novel idea to raise money for a good cause.

Discarded items found on the job - such as toilets, bath tubs, and tree stumps - have been literally spruced up and transformed into toilet planters, wooden mushrooms, and a bath tub vegetable patch.

The novel garden ornaments were sold at the Mayor’s Newham Show last year, making around £1,500.

The cheque was presented to Richard House Children’s Hospice, in Beckton, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

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Serco supervisor Wyn Marshall said: “Richard House is a local charity and it’s a lovely cause.

“We’ve had a great success at the Mayor’s show raising money for the hospice, not bad for materials that could have ended up in landfill.”

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The Serco team are currently preparing to get their green-fingers on another lot of waste for this year’s Mayor’s Newham Show in Central Park on July 13 and 14, with proceeds going to Richard House again.

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