Six volunteers from Knauf Insulation recently gave up time to help their local and nominated charity Willowbrook Hospice in St. Helens, whilst the manufacturing plant was closed due to the rebuild of its furnace.
Volunteers from the St Helens Plant spent one week at Willowbrook, completing various tasks such as woodstaining sheds, jetwashing stones around the grounds, cleaning external wall light fittings and signage, painting metal garden furniture sets, stripping and cleaning radiators and helping maintenance staff.
They worked alongside existing volunteers and the resident gardener, whilst two Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges adjudicated the North West in Bloom competition, which Willowbrook went on to win!
Neil Wright, Chief Executive of Willowbrook Hospice stated that he would have no hesitation in having the volunteers back again as they were friendly, committed and supportive. . He said: “It was such a pleasure for us here at Willowbrook, that six local Knauf Insulation staff were able to volunteer and undertake various tasks around the Hospice. They were polite, conscientious, hardworking and a credit to the company – we’re very grateful for the help.”
Volunteers Paul Curley, Paul Andrews, Craig Love, Frank Worthington, Paul Hindley and Jordan Cunliffe have a combined experience at Knauf Insulation of 120 years.
Ian Gornall, Plant Manager at St Helens, said: “We had some spare time whilst the plant was shut down for refurbishment. One of our Values Ambassadors Ian Trafford suggested that we take the opportunity to do some positive work in the local community in-line with our Knauf Values. Knauf’s values are Commitment, Partnership, Menschlichkeit and Entrepreneurship. Menschlichkeit means that the decisions we make, we keep the well-being of employees and others in society in mind; so volunteering to help out at Willowbrook Hospice was perfect!
“Our volunteers really enjoyed their time at the Hospice and felt like it bonded them more as a team, with some of them even wanting to now volunteer in their own time, which is brilliant news. I’d like to thank Willowbrook for having us and all of the great work that they do.”