Spares and training specialist First Choice Group opened its doors to some special guests at the end of March.
Service users, staff and volunteers from Old Tree Nursery, the firm’s official charity for 2017, visited the company’s Cannock headquarters for lunch.
The event was organised by First Choice Group’s social committee who took the opportunity to present the group with a cheque for £765; the total amount donated by employees following a series of activities organised to fundraise for Old Tree.
MD John Whitehouse was on hand to oversee the presentation to Joanne Antcliff, director of performance for Old Tree Nursery. “Since the start of the year, the social committee has arranged a number of fundraising events on behalf of Old Tree Nursery and our caring, generous staff have responded magnificently to raise such a wonderful amount of money,” he said.
“Further events are planned throughout the year. It is our pleasure to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
Old Tree Nursery is a plant and garden nursery in Pendeford, Wolverhampton. The not-for-profit organisation offers training and employment opportunities for young people and adults with learning disabilities and poor mental health.
Following the lunchtime get-together, co-chairman of the First Choice Group social committee, Simon Dace, said: “It was very touching, a great opportunity to meet the people who we are raising money for.
“It certainly made me proud to be part of the social committee and the First Choice family, trying to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
Antcliff, who has worked with Old Tree for more than 4 years now, said the support of organisations like First Choice Group is the lifeblood of the group.
“It makes the world of difference to everyone at Old Tree Nursery just to know that there are people out there like First Choice who want to help them,” she said.
“Not only does the money we receive provide service users with learning opportunities it also gives them invaluable life experience, giving them the skills and the confidence they need to grow and develop as people.”