14 October 2016

Midas donates 800 hours of work during latest community engagement week

Staff working for The Midas Group, one of the largest independent construction companies in the UK, have donated 833 volunteer hours to help support good causes across the South of England and Wales.

The company’s annual Community Engagement Week initiative, saw hundreds of staff volunteer to work on projects in the South West, South East and Wales, carrying out a variety of work from undertaking building makeovers to harvesting apples.

Staff accumulated 833 hours of work in total. In addition to the hours spent directly working on the community projects, Midas were able to obtain thousands of pounds of donated supplies and materials from their supply chain partners.

Midas teams worked on a range of community projects, including refurbishing popular community buildings such as the Sea Cadets & Royal Marine Cadets Unit and Cotham Park RFC in Bristol, painting and decorating for a Paignton based charity that supports people in need, apple harvesting for Killerton House, in Devon, and creating a community workshop space for Great Oaks School in Southampton.

The work carried out in Bristol alone delivered an equivalent value of £16,292.91 in materials, plant and labour combined.

Michelle Cole, Community Engagement Manager for Midas Group, said: “We had a tremendous response from staff who were happy to donate their time and energy to support great causes within the communities they live and work in. The Midas Community Engagement week is an important event in the company’s annual calendar and I know that everyone involved was delighted to be able to help out. We couldn’t manage schemes like this without the support of our amazing supply chain, so a massive thank you to every company that donated materials, equipment and skilled labour.”

Lt (SCC) Bob Russell RNR, Commanding Officer for the Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets, said: “All the staff at Midas and their supply chain who have supported Bristol Adventure have all done a marvelous job. The improvement to the main deck will make a huge difference to our cadets, and is a much nicer, and warmer, environment.”

Dave Jolly, a ranger with the outdoors team at Killerton near Exeter, said volunteers play a big role in supporting the National Trust. He said: “I want to thank the Midas team for coming to Killerton to help us with our work. Midas is a very busy organisation, so to have a group from the company come down each day giving their time in supporting us was remarkable.”

Steve Russell, Midas Group Sustainability Director said, “The response we have had from those we have supported is really gratifying and we are already starting to think about how we can do even more to support our local communities during next year’s engagement week”.

Midas Group would like to thank all of its suppliers and subcontractors who supported Community Engagement Week, especially: Howdens, JB Hopkins, MTEC, Garadoor, Dulux, Jeff Way, Johnstone’s Paint, Fastglobe (Mastics) Ltd, Jewson, Optima Property Services Ltd, Hobs, Speedy, Advanced Waste Solutions, Office Team, and Fusion Decorating Contractors Ltd.

ENDS

Photo L-R: Apprentice, Jay Pilkington; Paul Ayres, managing estimator for Midas Retail and Steve Wilkinson, group commercial manager at Midas Group help volunteers harvest apples in Devon.

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