The saying ‘Charity begins at home’ was recently emphasised for staff at Hull’s Ideal Boilers, when they set to work raising funds for the care of Elly West.
Elly, who has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, is married to one of Ideal’s production operatives, Rory. A series of events, including an employee boxing match and an angling competition has raised over £3,500 towards the costs of home adaptations for Elly.
The fundraising efforts don’t stop with support for colleagues. Ideal staff raise funds for charities all year round, with a new one being nominated by the staff every month. Fundraising activities include collections within departments, raffles and a weekly ‘casual’ Friday.
Recent causes to have benefited from the generosity of Ideal’s staff include Abbie’s Fund which supports the parents of babies who are stillborn or die shortly after birth, providing memory boxes for them through Hull Women & Children’s Hospital and other local hospitals.
Debbie Skalli, Ideal’s human resources manager, said: “The team at Ideal is incredibly strong, supportive and generous. This is reflected in the charity work that our staff do and it’s nice to be able to acknowledge and celebrate its incredibly generous spirit.
“While being based here in Hull we also have offices and training centres across the country, where we also have strong links to our local communities, and beyond.”