On Wednesday 22nd March, eight members of our staff gave up one working day to volunteer at OPAL’s Community Centre in Leeds.
Every employee at The Right Fuelcard Company can take a full day each year to take part in activities for a charity of their choice. Giving back to the local community is a big part of our business’ ethos and we are delighted to see that this has rubbed off on our staff too.
We were thrilled to find out about a local charity called Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL), which supports the over 60s to live happy, healthy, informed lives in their own homes. OPAL has recently opened a new Community Centre where residents can meet up to socialise and take part in recreational activities. The Centre relies entirely on charitable donations and help from volunteers, so we decided to organise a volunteering day with them and encourage staff from all departments to take part.
TRFC’s staff spent the day preparing the garden for planting season by pulling out weeds and rocks and digging up the foundations ready for the garden to be re-laid. Despite the gloomy day, the team worked tirelessly and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which was described as “extremely rewarding”.
Ailsa Rhosed, CEO at OPAL says: The Right Fuelcard team gave their time 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.”
Our colleagues were so enthusiastic about it that we have already planned one more volunteering day in April!
In the meantime, we will continue to support and fundraise for The Leeds Children’s Charity, another fantastic charity that make an invaluable impact on the lives of children in our community.