Despite a grey and rainy start to the day, the sun eventually shone down on the latest Family Fun Day at Wincanton’s National Distribution Centre for Screwfix. The annual event is held to raise money for the company’s nominated charity, this year’s being STING (Staffordshire Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group).
The Family Fun Day grows each year, along with the development of the company and the numbers employed. This year the workforce and their families enjoyed dodgems, crazy golf, a Fun House, pony rides, a cake stall, coconut shy, a barbecue and many other activities.
While the event is organised and financed by the company management, it is driven on the day by many employees at all levels who give up their own time to ensure the success of the day and the enjoyment of everyone who attends.
Located on Prologis Park in Stafford, Wincanton organises many other events throughout the year which include a charity week in May, an inter-site football match against its Stoke warehouse, a pink and blue day for breast and prostate cancer awareness, and a quiz night. The company also enters teams in the popular Great Birmingham and Colour Runs, as well as participating in other events arranged by individual members of the workforce.
This year there is an increased enthusiasm to raise money as the company has agreed to match the amount raised by the workforce up to the first £15,000, and the fundraising team is determined to make the most of this generous gesture.
Gez Prendergast runs this team and says of the Family Fun Day: “It never fails to amaze me just how generous the people at the Stafford facility are, and just how much they are willing to do in order to support the nominated charity. The relationship with STING, which has been building since April when they were introduced to the site, has been the catalyst for this year’s involvement and enthusiasm, and is something that both organisations are immensely proud of.
The amount of people that not only organised but attended the day with their family and friends makes it a true team effort. I doubt there are many facilities of this size and business nature where there is such a vested interest in supporting the local community.”
Peter Marenghi, a member of STING who also works at the site in Stafford, is very grateful for the efforts of the workforce, which raised a huge £4308.90 from the day.
“The fantastic efforts of so many people at our site is awe inspiring. Once again, my colleagues have come forward and worked so hard to make the Family Fun Day a great success. The money raised for our charity is vital, and will be used to help so many people in the area.”
STING works to support anyone in the area with a neurological condition, which includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other conditions. The group operates from 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. More details of the charity can be found on STING’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/STING-Staffordshire-Therapeutic-Independent-Neurological-Group-170087263061035/timeline/