We would like to extend our thanks to a group of Specsavers volunteers from the Whitley-based support office for their support to the Rona Sailing Project for the fifth year in a row. It is thanks to the generosity of the Company’s owners, Dame Mary and Doug Perkins, that each member of the UK and Guernsey staff are strongly encouraged to take one day per year to Help in the Community. The Specsavers Support Office in Whiteley aim to send as many of their staff into the community to help local causes and we are delighted that they support us. While we benefit hugely, so do the staff:
There’s real positivity brought back into our work environment when people have the feel good factor of knowing they have helped. We regularly support many local charities and over the past 5 years of which the Rona Sailing Project is one. These events are very much a day that our staff look forward to. The tasks we have undertaken at The Rona Sailing Project are very different to our daily office and IT functions and this gives our staff a chance to see their colleagues in totally different surroundings and environments.Andy Pope- Specsavers volunteer coordinator
This is a note written from a Specsavers volunteer:
“It was a fantastic day and beautiful weather to be out of the office and working on the good ship Merrilyn who’s who is undergoing her refit. She is due to go back into the water at the end of May and before that needed a thorough clean inside and out, and the hull anti-fouled. Once we were all kitted up into some rather fetching overalls (think CSI forensic teams) we were split into 2 teams, one for cleaning, one for anti-fouling and were soon getting stuck in. The anti-fouling team had to first sand down the underside of the hull. Once the sanding was complete, the hull was then “taped – up” and then new anti-foul painted on. The cleaning gang were equally busy sweeping, hoovering and dusting the inside saloon area and galley. In the afternoon some of us got to visit another of Rona’s vessels already in the water, it was nice to see what we were helping to achieve. After that, there was a big reveal when the anti-fouling tape was removed and we could admire our work”Specsavers Volunteer
As a volunteer-based organisation the RSP depends on the generosity and time of so many people and we are grateful to every one of them. Many thanks for everyone at Specsavers who volunteered on the day and to those who made it happen. We look forward to seeing them again soon at the RSP.
If you are part of a team or organisation and would like to volunteer for a day, please get in contact. We also have other opportunities for businesses to support the Rona Sailing Project and so please don’t hesitate to get in contact us to discuss some ideas.