As part of Tarmac’s employee volunteering scheme, staff from the company’s regional office in Birtley spent a day improving the outside area for local children’s charity Heel & Toe. The team of eight volunteers spent the day helping to improve the garden at charity’s therapy centre by power-washing the paving, weeding, planting flowers and painting the woodwork with products donated by the local Homebase store.
Based in Pelton, County Durham, close to Birtley, Heel & Toe provides therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. Employees at the Birtley office began supporting the charity last year and have already raised more than £400 through collections and other activities, including a fundraising day held in January.
Caroline Whitfield, financial analyst at Tarmac, was among the volunteers. She said: “This charity does fantastic work right on our doorstep and it was great to be able to do something to make the garden a nicer place for the children. It brought together people who don’t normally work alongside one another so we got to make some new workmates, too! We all really enjoyed ourselves.”
Amanda Tweedy of Heel & Toe added: “We were delighted to welcome the volunteers from Tarmac Birtley and would like to say a big thank you to them all for their continued support.”
Tarmac’s employee volunteering scheme is a key part of the company’s wider sustainability strategy, which includes the goal of completing 50,000 employee volunteering hours across the business by 2020.
Image: (left to right) Richard Causer, John MacDougall, Craig Donnelly and John Coates