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KPMG volunteers assist at Cregneash 7 November 2007

The KPMG teamAs part of their “Make a Difference Day”, Friends of Manx National Heritage corporate members, KPMG, recently provided 19 willing volunteers and assisted Manx National Heritage staff with the rebuilding of a dry stone wall on the hillside above Cregneash.

Led by Paul Hotchkiss, Senior Tax Manager at KPMG, the volunteers were shown the basics of the ancient art of dry stone walling before setting about the task which involved rebuilding a section of wall that had fallen into disrepair. It soon became apparent that building a dry stone wall is not as easy as it looks, but MNH staff were on hand to explain the finer points and despite the brisk wind the team soon warmed to the task.

With the hard work of everyone involved, including volunteers from the FMNH who were on hand serving refreshments, by the time it came to downing tools for the day, the section of wall was repaired and now stands as testimony to the team’s hard work.

Nicola Pemberton, Development and Admin Officer of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, said:

“The group were fantastic. They all rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to the tasks at hand. Building a stone wall is by no means easy and the group achieved a great deal in just one day. I think they also enjoyed the day out. We are very grateful to KPMG for taking part, and in doing so, helping to preserve our heritage. If other corporate members would like to do something similar, we will be happy to try to accommodate them”.

Paul Hotchkiss, Senior Tax Manager at KPMG and group leader on the day, said:

“KPMG globally will be taking part in the Make A Difference Day, and as part of this KPMG Isle of Man are running three projects, one of which is for Manx National Heritage. The outdoor activity organised by FMNH is a great way to encourage team building and at the same time we are doing something for our communities.”

Organisations interested in joining the Friends of Manx National Heritage Corporate Membership Scheme should contact Nicola Pemberton, Development and Administration Officer of The Friends of Manx National Heritage on 824137.

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