Employees of Carrigtwohill based biopharmaceutical Gilead, gathered to create a sensory garden at Cope Foundation Midleton last Friday 7 July.
Almost 50 volunteers from the company’s quality assurance and financial departments, turned out to clear the grounds at the centre on the Mill Road.
The volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day to install plants, herbs and sensory items.
All five senses are incorporated into the sensory garden through a variety of stations intended to calm and relax.
From early morning the green fingered helpers toiled to paint garden furniture, build raised beds, and create murals.
Entering the grounds service users have the opportunity to manoeuvre around numerous displays which includes a hedgehog hotel, toad stools and windmill area.
The project was part of Gilead’s 30 year anniversary celebrations. The company who specialise in producing antiretroviral drugs was established in 1987 and has had a base in East Cork since 2007.
All 300 employees at the Carrigtwohill site spent the day giving back to the community, with staff volunteering right across East Cork.
Mary Crotty from Midleton Cope said they were “extremely grateful” for the employees for giving up their time to help create an oasis of calm.
“We support 40 people from the local community, for them to have somewhere to sit down, chill out, and enjoy the colours, the tranquillity of the area it will mean a great deal.”
Michelle Lyons Co-ordinator for Gilead’s day of volunteering said the company would look at doing more volunteer work in the future.

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