Wincanton staff raise £5200 to support Stone charity

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Tez Broomfield having buckets of gunge poured over his head

Wincanton, the Stafford logistics company which distributes deliveries for Screwfix throughout the country, recently held a Charity Week to raise money for it’s nominated charity. Each year Wincanton carries out a series of events and activities for a chosen charity, and this year the workforce chose STING, the local Stone-based charity to benefit.

STING – Staffordshire’s Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group – works to support anybody in the area with a neurological condition, which includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other conditions. The group operates out of Unit 22b on Whitebridge Estate in Stone, which is fully adapted for disabled and wheelchair access, allowing members to attend regular activities and take part in group discussions, wellbeing sessions, and exercise classes, as well as being able to access neurological therapies.

During charity week at the site the three shifts, which work 24 hours round the clock, carried out a range of fundraising activities to raise over £5200 for the charity that they had voted to support during the year. And over £1000 more is expected from a coast to coast team cycle event by members of the transport department that followed charity week.

Team Managers John McGraw and James Clayton being waxed
Team Managers John McGraw and James Clayton being waxed

Staff at all levels were involved in activities which included raffles, competitions, and quizzes, as well as other fun events where managers had their legs shaved or had buckets of gunge poured over them! Very little was banned from the list of activities, and even the managers were prepared to put their dignity and welfare on the line to support STING.

One of STING’s members, Peter Marenghi, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, also works at Wincanton and had nominated the charity for support during the year. He recalls,

“I have worked at the site at Stafford for the last eighteen months, and was involved in a different capacity for several years previously. I have always been impressed with the charity work and community involvement undertaken here, and I was delighted when STING was recently chosen as the Charity of the Year. The enthusiasm that everybody showed during Charity Week was amazing, and all of us at STING are so grateful for what their efforts will mean for our charity.”

Gez Prendergast, Team Manager at the Stafford site, has been helping to run the fundraising committee at the warehouse for the last three years.

“This years Charity Week has been a huge success. We have seen an increase in the amount of donations made and more importantly for me a much wider interest from the people who work at the Stafford facility in the chosen Charity. Members of STING have visited site regularly since they were nominated, and having Pete work with us means that the enthusiasm and determination for this wonderful charity by the group members has been mirrored by people across our site.”

For more information about STING email stings2014@gmail.com, call 07847-872635, or check out their facebook page.