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Company – Pattonair

Charity – Emmaus

Nine staff from Pattonair, a leading global aerospace and defence supply chain provider, gave a day of their time to a charity that helps turn lives around.

Swapping their pens for paintbrushes, the team was tasked with decorating living space and bedrooms at an old B&B that’s now home to sixteen former homeless people.

Emmaus is a charity that gives people a place to live and work in order to help them get back onto their feet. Support manager Claire Hodson said: “We’re delighted you chose us to help.

“Brightening up our living accommodation makes such a difference, and helps the place feel more like a real home.”

The day started with the team from Pattonair meeting and talking to some of the people the charity helps. “It was a very humbling experience talking to the guys. It feels really good for us all to be able to give something back.” said David Turner, supply chain logistics manager who helped decorate a bedroom. “I never knew about the charity, but it was great to see it in action.”

Amardeep Spencer, bid planning manager, enjoyed the experience of team volunteering. He said: “It’s been good fun. I’ve really enjoyed the whole experience of finding about the charity and us all working together on something that we know will make a small difference to peoples’ lives.”

The day was part of a year-long leadership programme for managers across Pattonair. Business Volunteers support the delivery of team volunteering days as part of the programme, intended for people to get to know each other better.

Chief operating officer John Griffiths said: “It’s been such a rewarding day. I’ve especially enjoyed spending time with people that I don’t get much time with day-to-day at work. We look forward to doing a lot more days like this all across the business with the help and support of Business Volunteers.”

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