Catering staff at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon have helped provide eight wheelchairs for those in need by collecting barcodes from Yorkshire Tea.
The equipment is provided by Wheelchair Foundation UK which distributes wheelchairs throughout the world to those deprived of mobility by war, disease, accident, natural disaster or advanced age.
Yorkshire Tea is the brew of choice at the Fountains estate and every time a pack of tea is opened, staff have removed and saved the barcode, each of which has a monetary value, which is then redeemed by Yorkshire Tea.
All together, Yorkshire Tea has provided over 50 all-terrain, brand new wheelchairs each costing £75 – eight of those thanks to the catering staff who have collected the barcodes for the past 18 months and who have now been presented with a certificate in recognition of their efforts.
Not only have staff always remembered to collect the barcodes at a busy workplace, they have also badgered relatives and friends to save their barcodes from any of the product they use at home.
The Wheelchair Foundation has been one of the chosen charities of Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland since 2006 and the Rotary Club of Ripon has been pleased to support the staff at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in their efforts. Members of Ripon Rotary Club have also saved the barcodes from home, friends and family.
Presenting the certificate, Rotarian Colin Hunter – chairman of the Foundation Committee of Ripon Rotary and a volunteer at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal –said: “This is a tremendous achievement by the staff here at Fountains.
“Ripon Rotary is delighted that they have taken this charity so much to heart and are proud of their commitment to continue with their support. They are making such a difference and Ripon Rotary Club wish to thank them all. Carry on with the excellent work.”
Since the Rotary Clubs of Yorkshire began supporting Wheelchair Foundation UK, more than 24,000 wheelchairs to 21 countries have been sent.