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Company – Stralfors

Charity – Gwealan Tops

Fifteen managers from the business communication solutions specialists Stralfors added an extra day onto their quarterly meeting to volunteer and help a local children’s charity.

Gwealan Tops is a small charity carrying out great work less than a mile from the company’s Redruth office.  The charity, run by local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting outdoor play for children and their families.

Swapping digital for digging and Wi-Fi for willow weaving, the team set out to improve the charity’s vast outdoor play area.

The challenge for the team was to create a safe outdoor fire pit and seating area, cut back overgrown vegetation, clear pathways, build a willow tunnel and decorate the exterior of the large community hut.

“I didn’t think we’d manage to do it all,” was Vicki Mitchell, warehouse manager’s, first impression of the task ahead. “It was amazing how we all came together as a team to meet the challenge head on. Volunteering really inspires you.”

Paul Tuckfield, facilities manager, was thrilled with the day: “It’s been really satisfying knowing you’ve made a visible difference. It’s been fun, enjoyable and very rewarding”.

Kerry and Allan, volunteers for the charity were delighted with the efforts of the team. “It’s incredible what you’ve done. It would have taken us weeks and weeks to tackle those jobs. We are so grateful for your help. Please do come back again.”

The final words go to Stralfors managing director Tony Plummer, who also took part in the day. He said: “If we take the challenge from this experience and adapt the same attitude in day-to-day business, we’ll be in a really strong position. It’s been a joy to be part of the day and see us all pull together. Thank you Business Volunteers for making this happen.”

The day ended with the local children who use the playground coming out to see the improvements and sending the team off with a rousing ‘thank you’ song.

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