Volunteers from across all corners of the AF Blakemore estate have responded to a call for action as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering (16 May 2014).
Around 30 employees from AF Blakemore’s Spar retail, wholesale and logistics divisions undertook a series of community volunteering events alongside hundreds of businesses across the UK in support of Give & Gain Day 2014.
Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering across the world. By getting unprecedented numbers of people out volunteering on one day, we’re championing the talent, skill and energy found in business and the role it can play in helping communities prosper.
Employees from Blakemore Logistics descended on Tipton Sports Academy to referee and support the Junior Football Competition where teams of pupils from six Black Country schools battled it out for the Blakemore junior cup.
Following on from this, volunteers from Blakemore Retail, Wrexham supported a Commonwealth Games inspired event for primary school pupils aged 10 and 11 at the Queensway Stadium, Wrexham.
Finally, staff members from Blakemore Wholesale in Gateshead joined forces with a number of North East businesses to renovate the Egton House Girl Guide Residential Accommodation. The team supported the group with painting and gardening at the site which will benefit 3,500 Girl Guides each year.
AF Blakemore community affairs officer, Liz Bell, said: “Making a significant, positive contribution to the communities we serve is at the heart of everything we do at Blakemore’s so it is great to see so many of our employees getting out into the community to support Give & Gain Day 2014.”
Business in the Community chief executive, Stephen Howard, said: “Give & Gain Day is an opportunity for businesses, community organisations and schools to celebrate what can be achieved through the power of volunteers. Employee volunteering is a win-win, the experience builds skills and motivates employees, whilst helping meet community needs.