Burnley-based VEKA Group was proud to support Jack Scullion, a member of the Technical Team, when he volunteered to join a group travelling to Africa to carry out valuable charity work.
Jack teamed up with Burnley FC in the Community in their efforts to renovate the Dedzisi school in the fishing village of Woe, Ghana.
Jack explains: “I was thrilled to get the opportunity to visit Ghana and get stuck in with this work. It’s such a good cause, as it will help the children of Woe to get the education that every child should have and provide the best facilities possible for children to learn in. Having children of my own it really makes you appreciate the facilities we have here in the UK, and the aim of the trip was to improve the learning environment for the children of Woe.
“I was part of a team of 12 volunteers that travelled to Ghana in partnership with the organisations African Adventures and The Young Shall Grow International. We were able to take 12 suitcases worth of donations thanks to Burnley FC fans and the ‘Kits for Kids’ campaign. This included football kits, football boots and school equipment, as well as sanitary products and clothing.
“Each person had to raise £2000 for the trip, which VEKA generously contributed towards. The money raised went towards the building work in Woe, a similar project in Kenya and other charitable work that Burnley FC in the Community carries out around East Lancashire.
“While we were there, we spent the week hand-mixing and moulding more than 800 bricks, which will be used later in the year for the construction of the second storey of the school’s new classroom block.
“It was my first visit to this Ghanain school, but the third time a team of BFCitC volunteers had been here and they were delighted to see the progress being made. It was hard work, but also fun and very rewarding. I’m grateful that VEKA helped make it possible for me to go.
Siobhán McNamara, Marketing and Events Manager at BFCitC said: “When we first came to Woe to work on the build of the classroom block we were literally laying its foundations. Then, in 2015, we moulded bricks and started to build the classroom walls. Fast forward another two-and-a-half years and there are now five functioning classrooms filled with pupils!
“We know African Adventures have a real focus to get the second storey completed by the end of the year and we hope our work this time has helped them towards achieving that goal.”
VEKA’s Head of HR Gabriela Hammond commented: “We were delighted to support Jack on his trip, and happy to contribute towards his fundraising efforts. As a company, VEKA is well known for charity work, with thousands of pounds raised annually for each year’s chosen cause. We are one of the Patrons of Burnley FC in the Community and we’re proud to support them in their work within the local area and beyond.
“We are also committed to ‘SPIRIT’ which spells out VEKA’s values as an employer. The SPIRIT ethos – Success, Pride, Integrity, Responsible, Improvement, and Team – has become the basis for all employer/employee interaction. We are keen to offer our employees opportunities to learn, travel, gain new skills, and become even more rounded characters, which I think Jack has achieved through his trip. We’re very proud of him and Burnley FC in the Community for all their hard work.”
VEKA Group is one of the region’s biggest employers, with a workforce made up of around 400 people (and over 90% live within the BB postcode). The company is well known for supporting East Lancs clubs, communities and charities, as well as causes further afield.