Published 25th February 2019
Employees and bosses of P&A Group, a Flintshire-based group of companies, which includes the Woodworks Garden Centre, have vowed to raise a pallet stacked high with cash for a children’s charity during a year of fundraising.
Employees of Woodworks Garden Centre, based in Mold, gathered to hear Managing Director Steve Morgan announce that Hope House and Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospices had won a staff vote to be named the companies dedicated charity for the next 12 months.
Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices provide care and support to young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.
Steve explained to staff how delighted he was that Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Hospices had been selected as the Woodworks Garden Centre’s charity of 2019.
“I’m thrilled staff voted to support Hope House Children’s Hospices. We have five divisions within the P&A Group, producing pallets and eco timber buildings, The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café, and Zest 4 Leisure, who sell their own timber garden products to garden retailers nationwide.
“All P&A divisions will now work hard to raise as much as we possibly can for what is a very deserving cause over the next 12 months. In the past, we have been able to raise around £10,000 a year for our dedicated annual charity. We’d like to aim to do the same for Hope House and Ty Gobaith.
“I know all of our 170 fantastic employees will put their all into raising as much money as they can for Hope House Hospices whether by running marathons, sponsored silences, cake sales or parachute jumps.”
He added: “As a growing company, The Woodworks Garden Centre is committed to employee fitness and long-term well-being, as well as supporting the community and raising money for charity, so it is a real pleasure to be able to work with Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith.”
The P&A Group and the Woodworks Garden Centre’s fundraising efforts have the backing of the High Sheriff of Clwyd nominee, Stephanie Catterall, who is due begin her year in office in March.
Mrs Catterall, of Nercwys, dropped in to join staff, employees and Hope House Hospice fundraisers to help celebrate the launch of the fundraising year.
She said: “The focus of my year in office will be on volunteering, so anything I can do to help and support businesses such as the P&A Group, I will do.
“Hope House Children’s Hospices is a remarkable charity and one that deserves support. All hospices deserve support but I know how particularly important Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith are to the people of this region.”
Woodworks Garden Centre’s Finance Director, Andrew Baker, of Rhos-on-Sea, has already set himself a challenge – to run more than 1,600 miles in the next year while raising money for Hope House.
He said: “I enjoy running and have already completed six marathons to date – Manchester three times, Chester, London and Leicester. This year I’m doing Manchester and York. However, my plan is to run a half marathon or 10K every month too.
“Add to that to the 40 or so miles I do training every week and I’m hopeful of hitting the 1,600 mile mark in a year.”
He added: “I will be receiving a lot of support from family and friends and I know many colleagues from other North Wales businesses have promised to support me too.”
Nicola Sciarrillo, Hope House Area Fundraiser, spoke to Woodworks Garden Centre and P&A Group staff and thanked them for their support.
She said: “P&A are keen to get their whole team involved in raising as much money as they can for the children and families cared for locally by Hope House.
“We look forward to working with P&A this year and helping staff to raise as much as they can. We are thrilled to have been chosen as their charity partner.
She added: “We must continue to raise funds to support local children and families when they need us most. No one should suffer the death of a child alone.
“Sadly, three local children die each week, currently Hope House can only afford to help one of these families. We are committed to changing this and with the support of P&A staff we will be a step closer to doing so.”
Keen to sign up for some fundraising challenges in support of Hope House were P&A Group employees, Zak Richards and Sarah Williams.
Zak, Zest Sales Coordinator, who lives in Wrexham said: “I gave Hope House my vote in the ballot and I’m made-up they won the vote. Listening to the presentation and hearing a bit more about what they do was really emotional.
“We have a fantastic team at P&A, everyone will get behind the fundraising. I’m going to look at what I can do. I’ve never been much of a runner but you never know!”
Sarah, Marketing, Events and Administration Coordinator who lives in Mold added: “The presentation from the Hope House fundraiser was so emotional. I will do all I can over the next 12 months to raise as much as we can for Hope House.
“The Woodworks Garden Centre and the P&A Group are fantastic places to work and everyone will get behind the fundraising, I’m so pleased we chose to support Hope House this year.”
To find out more about Hope House Children’s Hospices, please visit www.hopehouse.org.uk
To find out more about Woodworks Garden Centre, please visit https://www.woodworksgc.com/
To find out more about P&A Group of companies visit www.p-a-group.com
For sponsorship information, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PAGroup-Zest4Leisure-2019.