The Nelson Hospice is benefiting from the hard work of volunteers.
Several employees from the Z service station on Halifax St have scrubbed and re-stained outdoor furniture at the Nelson Region Hospice Trust.
Z Halifax St owner Nigel Andrews said part of the company's ethos was to donate to community organisations and charities and be involved in voluntary work in the neighbourhood.
"It's optional for the staff," Mr Andrews said. "They still get paid as if they are working for me and while they may not have the technical skills, they can go and help out with jobs that need doing at the hospice."
Halifax St site manager Rasleen Kaur, who was joined by two other volunteers at the company yesterday, said she enjoyed working for the community.
"Last month we went to Abbeyfield in Stoke and we helped clean up the backyard and garden," Ms Kaur said.
"It's something a little different and good to know about your community."
Mary Garner, who manages the volunteer services at the hospice, said the helping hands got "jobs done that otherwise would probably not get done".
Among other businesses helping the hospice is Woman Beauty Day Spa in Nile St which has been providing treats for hospice patients for more than five years.
Owner Tracy Power said she and her employees also enjoyed giving something back to the community.
"We are just happy to help," Ms Power said. "The girls go there and come back really touched."
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