Ground force team descend on Ridgeway School

Volunteering team from Lockheed Martin at Ridgeway School, Kempston
Volunteering team from Lockheed Martin at Ridgeway School, Kempston

Engineers from Ampthill have swapped their tools for spades and shovels to help spruce up a local school playground as part of National Volunteers Week.

A group of employees from Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site gave up their time to help clean up the grounds of Ridgeway School in Kempston.

A team spent several hours at the school which provides education for pupils with physical disabilities and/ or medical conditions and associated learning and communication difficulties.

The school has recently had a new facility built and employees from Lockheed Martin UK offered to pitch in to help tidy up the extensive grounds and clear an access road at the back of the school.

Graham Allard, headteacher at Ridgeway School, said: “It was a great effort by our friends from Lockheed Martin. We truly appreciate them giving up their spare time to help us and I know our pupils are extremely grateful.

“The rewards are plain to see with the access path now looking in pristine condition ready for the school music festival, which will be held later in the month.”

Neil Hebron, engineering director at Lockheed Martin said: “I am delighted to take part in this volunteering event. It is great to see that employees take real pride in offering their time to support activities such as this.

“Our business has a long history of giving back to local communities through volunteering and charity work.”

Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company and specialises in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The company employs more than 3,000 people across 21 UK sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.