The aim of the event is to provide skills and manpower to help carry out a task or project which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve. This year, four worthy causes were selected to receive help.
The first set of volunteers went to All Saint’s Church, Fawley, where the badly-overgrown churchyard needed a good tidy up. The next group travelled to Marwell Zoo where 4,500 presents awaited wrapping in time for the charity’s Christmas grotto. Third on the list for assistance was the Horrill Adult Day Care Centre, Dibden, where a much-needed garden makeover was required. Finally, the last lot of Fawley volunteers made their way to Studland Common, near Milford on Sea, to carry out vital conservation work at the nature reserve. This activity was carried out in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority and Milford Conservation Volunteers.
Lisa Parkes, manager of Horrill Adult Day Care Centre, was delighted with the garden makeover which also saw volunteers sand down and repaint dozens of wooden benches, chairs and tables. She said: “We are so grateful to the team from ExxonMobil at Fawley. We have a lovely big garden but it was looking really sorry for itself. Now we have somewhere everyone can enjoy.”
Jon Wetmore, Refinery Manager at Fawley, said the Day of Caring event was always an important part of the site’s calendar. “It definitely brings out the best in people,” he said. “It is great that we are able to give something back to the community in this way.”
Notes for editors:
- ExxonMobil at Fawley is the collective name given to Esso Petroleum Company Limited and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited which are part of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
- The Fawley refinery is the largest in the UK and one in six cars in the UK operates on fuel produced at Fawley.
- Exxon Mobil Corporation is the world’s leading publicly-traded petroleum and natural gas company.
- Approximately 77,000 employees work for ExxonMobil across six continents with more than 1,000 employees working at Fawley.