Eight green-fingered volunteers – including our Foundation Manager, Nick Elletson – have put their backs into a charity gardening project as part of our commitment to our local community.
A dedicated champion of ‘putting something back’, we encourage our staff to get involved with good causes, with all employees given a day off each calendar year to provide practical help or raise funds.
Our latest volunteering venture saw our team dig deep to help improve a community centre garden run by Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL) charity based in Leeds 16 which supports older people to live happy, healthy, informed lives in their own homes.
The community has faced anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the past, but since the opening of OPAL’s Community Centre, local residents say they feel a lot safer.
Our top team laid the groundwork to transform the neglected garden surrounding the centre into a safe and welcoming relaxation area, which will also be used for therapeutic activities.
Adam Walsh, business director of TRFC which runs our Foundation, says: “Well done to the team who persevered in relentless rain to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the garden. OPAL is a fantastic charity which reduces the loneliness and isolation of 700 people.”
OPAL’s CEO, Ailsa Rhodes adds: “The team gave their time over to doing digging and weeding in the worst weather conditions you could wish for. They worked hard, were enthusiastic and motivated all day and they made a real difference. We can’t afford gardeners at our community centre just yet, so are reliant on volunteer help such as this. It was an added bonus that they were such lovely people too.”
The community centre garden work was the first in a planned series of TRFC visits to OPAL with the next ‘Ground Force’ day scheduled for April 26.
For more information on OPAL, visit www.opal-project.org.uk.
We’re always on the lookout for great people to join our training programme, which could lead to a full time role with The Right Fuelcard Company. For more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.