Skilled engineers packed up, left their jobs and dedicated their day to a range of voluntary projects within the community.

The 90 Vauxhall staff from Ellesmere Port split into teams to lend their DIY skills to six separate charities and community projects across West Cheshire.

The projects included work within Trinity Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port, Chester Sea Cadets HQ, Tarvin Court Care Centre in Littleton, Chester, Stanney Grange Community Centre, Blacon Community Trust in Chester and the 1st Great Sutton Scout Group.

 

A spokesperson for the company said: “Each of these establishments provide remarkable services to their community in a variety of ways from engagement with local youth to work with the disadvantaged and elderly.

“These are things that the staff at Vauxhall wished to recognise and engage with.”

The work was made possible through the new corporate social responsibility volunteering programme introduced at Vauxhall which allows employees to take one paid day per year to join in a volunteering activity.

The teams, armed with tools and paintbrushes, spent the day repairing, renovating and improving buildings in which their chosen organisations were based.

The Rev Christine Jones, minister at Trinity Methodist Church said: “In a day, with the sun shining, they have done what would have taken us forever!

“We would have never done it and it has transformed the church.

“It has been truly brilliant to have the guys here, thank you!”

A spokesman for Vauxhall said: “The day was a fantastic experience for all involved, especially the staff who were able to see first-hand the results of their hard work and labour by the end of the day.”

Jamie Craig, Vauxhall general assembly unit manager, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part today, it has been a really worthwhile experience and we have been very well looked after.

“We have done a lot more than we intended to do and it looks fabulous.”