Funding 550 Prostate Cancer Tests at Turf Moor and decorating a house for people less fortunate. These were all made possible, last year, thanks to EFL Trust’s Corporate Volunteering Scheme.
The scheme allows members of staff 2 days each year to volunteer their time during work hours. It was introduced 2 years ago and has already had some fantastic results. As part of #VolunteerWeek2019, it only feels right for us to share them.
Mike Evans, Director of Operations, took on a cycling challenge to fundraise for Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA), a charity that aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer and provide testing days for men aged 50+.
With a team of cyclists, Mike a Trustee of BKPCA, covered 417 miles in 5 days, starting in Burnley, heading to Bruges, back through to Dover, into London and then completing the challenge in Walsall.
The team raised over £24,000 for BKPCA which has helped to fund screening events across the country, including one more recently at Turf Moor which tested over 550 men for prostate cancer.
Mike said; “As a charity, it’s important that we give staff time to volunteer for causes they are passionate about.
“I’m a keen cyclist and this was a great opportunity to support a cause that is close to my heart. It was a tough ride but to know this has benefited 550 men made it all worthwhile.”
More recently, Charlotte Dinsdale, Matt Conway, Tony Buck and Lucy Shuttleworth from EFL Trust’s NCS Team volunteered their time with Hull Homeless Community Project (HHCP).
The group decorated a flat to support a lady who has suffered serious abuse and exploitation. The abuse has left her being partially blind and as a result, she struggles to focus on strong colours.
The EFL Trust team specifically painted the walls white, which has made a significant difference to her life by helping to stabilize her sight.
Charlotte said: “EFL Trust have a strong relationship with HHCP because of the link through NCS, and the impact that project has had on the charity. It was great to be able to give up my own time to have a positive impact on a lady who has been through unimaginable things.”