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Axis Group supports the NHS Forest for patients and staff

25 February 2021

AXIS GROUP has become a corporate supporter of the NHS Forest, a project that supports the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and communities by promoting access to green space on or near NHS land.

The NHS Forest is a project coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, a registered charity.

Launched more than 10 years ago, the NHS Forest works in collaboration with healthcare professionals and organisations to inspire NHS workers to use green spaces to improve patients’ experience and aid the recovery process. Since 2009, over 200 NHS sites have collectively planted 66,931 trees, locking in carbon and enabling more people to enjoy green spaces while they are in hospital.

To help with this Axis Group has committed to plant a tree for every new employee it recruits going forward.

Axis’ support for the NHS Forest is in appreciation of the extraordinary work conducted by the NHS staff during such challenging and unprecedented times.  

Simon Giles, Axis Cleaning chief operating officer & Axis group finance director, says the desire to support the NHS, people’s health and the environment led to the selection of the NHS Forest as its chosen charity: “We want to praise and support our NHS by all means available and our support for the NHS Forest is a token of our appreciation and gratitude. The dedication and resilience shown by NHS workers during the past difficult year is admirable, and we hope to pay something back by investing in the long-term health and wellbeing of staff and patients.

“The NHS is a key customer for Axis,” says Simon, “and our committed teams are working around the clock to provide essential support to NHS facilities around the country. I would like to congratulate our cleaning team at Bromley Healthcare, recently commended with an award for its outstanding assistance as an External Support Team at the healthcare centre. This award is a further example of our dedication and commitment to support the vital work the NHS is carrying during these difficult times.” 

Carey Newson, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare's Green Space for Health programme director, said: “We are grateful to Axis Group for their support for the NHS Forest. This will help NHS organisations in planting trees at their sites or close by, with environmental and therapeutic benefits for patients, staff and the wider community.”

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