Staff at laundry chemical manufacturer Christeyns took a day out from their busy schedules recently to help rejuvenate the garden and build a wildlife area in the grounds of Crossley Hall Primary School.
The school, which caters for over 700 children in the Fairweather Green area of Bradford, has recently received funds from Awards for All and Heritage Lottery to complete its extensive wildlife and food growing areas. Funds have also been provided to create specialist outdoor history and drama areas.
It was all hands on deck as a team of 12 Christyens staff members, including managing director Nick Garthwaite, set to work on a range of tasks that included tidying up the allotment area, wood-treating raised beds and the pond area bridge and creating a wildflower meadow, raspberry cage and bean climbing frame.
Christeyns, which has its head office in Rutland Street, offers all its 135 members of staff the opportunity to take paid leave in order to help out a local charity or good cause through its volunteering initiative.
Jayne Talbot, Christeyns Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, commented, “At Christeyns we are committed to making a difference in the local community and by doing so enriching the lives of our own employees. We were delighted to be able to support Crossley Street Primary with this amazing project which will add so much to the daily lives of all its pupils.”
Neil Griffin, Forest Schools Teacher, Crossley Hall Primary School:
“The Christeyns staff were extremely helpful in creating and maintaining our grounds as an outdoor classroom. Under the guidance of Participate Projects, they undertook a wide variety of tasks, and with school budgets currently so tight, the help the Christeyns team provided was invaluable.”
Christeyns UK has its head quarters in Rutland Street, Bradford and is part of the Christeyns group, based in Ghent, Belgium. Its principal focus is the manufacture and supply of detergents and supporting chemicals for the commercial laundry sector across the UK in which it is the market leader.