Workington 1st St John’s Scout group were the first local community group to benefit from a new scheme introduced by Studsvik. The company, which operates the Metals Recycling facility (MRF) in Lillyhall, awarded the scout group a cheque last week at an informal ceremony. Mike McMullen, the MRF Facility manager went along to the church hall where the scouts meet and presented the cheque.
Due to an increase in numbers, boys and girls, the club needed to source another venue to accommodate the group and required an extra £250 per year, to fund a second venue, Ashfield Juniors School Hall. As most of their income is reliant on subs and fundraising, this unexpected extra cost was putting a strain on funds meaning the children could miss out on other activities. Alan Walton leader of Workington 1st St John Scouts said “we are delighted to receive this money from Studsvik as this will enable more children to attend our group and benefit from the scouting experience”
Studsvik has supported the local Cumbrian community in recent years via a number of activities, primarily sponsorship of Workington Cricket Club, developing a schools education hub, participation in local business clusters and various other activities.
The new scheme began on 1st September to offer structured and locally considered support to other community groups in the area. The scheme involved members of staff from the MRF nominating worthy causes for donations or sponsorship to Head Office. Steve Smith, Assurance Manager for the site said “It is encouraging to have such a scheme in place, as we live in the area we know very well the causes that are close to the heart of our local community”
All entries are recorded at Head Office and at the end of the 3 month period a winner is chosen by the MRF Facility Manager. The winning nomination will receive £250, and could be anything from a local school requiring money for sports strips to local charities and other community requirements.
The first winning nomination came from Lee Hardon, MRF Operative and he said “I have two sons who are part of the Workington’s 1st St.Johns Scout Group, Josh being in the Beavers, and Joseph in the Scouts. Currently all four age brackets, the Beavers (6-7 years), Cubs (8-10 years), Scouts (10.5 -14 years) and Explorers (14-18 years) use the church hall for their group nights and it is becoming too crowded. As an employee it was great to be able to nominate this worthy cause to receive a donation from Studsvik.
This scheme is open to all members of staff at the MRF and runs in conjunction with the other sponsorships the company supports.