Staff from Tarmac’s regional office in Birtley spent a day improving the outside area for local children’s charity Heel and Toe, as part of the company’s employee volunteering scheme. Eight volunteers spent the day helping to improve the garden at the 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 and Toe provides therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. Employees began supporting the charity last year and have already raised over £400 through collections and other activities, including a fundraising day held in March.
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.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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