Students help to spruce up station

Percy Hedley students Andrew Duddin (left) and Michael Start with Steve Appleby, of Newcastle City Council. Picture by Craig Leng.
Percy Hedley students Andrew Duddin (left) and Michael Start with Steve Appleby, of Newcastle City Council. Picture by Craig Leng.

Students have been gaining valuable work experience while also helping make Metro stations look better.

Staff at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro system on behalf of Nexus, has joined with the Percy Hedley Foundation and Newcastle City Council.

Green-fingered students from Percy Hedley College worked with landscapers at Jesmond Metro station under the Employability Project.

The students were able to renovate the green space and spruce up the surrounding area with bedding plants.

Joanne Rees-Proud, vice-principal at Percy Hedley College, added: “Through our ongoing relationship with DB Regio, we work hard to ensure the best possible experience.

“The project encourages organisations to be socially responsible and proactive by acting as a link between employers, supported employment organisations and disabled people.”

Richard McClean, managing director of DB Regio Tyne And Wear, said: “We’ve got a longstanding partnership with the Percy Hedley Foundation.

“They have adopted Benton Metro station as it is located close to the school and foundation itself.

“We continuously raise money for them through a variety of activities including the Challenge 500 Project, so it makes perfect sense to support them in this invaluable initiative.

“Helping students gain experience in something they are truly interested in is vital as it not only boosts social inclusion, but can also improve a person’s health and well-being.”