Staff from Grant Thornton in Birmingham took part in Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day, the UK’s largest action of employee volunteers, working at Hole Farm Pony Trekking Centre, Bartley Green.
The team spent the day weeding and repairing fences within the exercise yard, removing ragwort from paddocks, cleaning down and painting stable walls and repainting a new gate which was funded by Lloyds TSB and hung by Grant Thornton’s facilities manager.
Part of the Hole Farm Trekking Centre, which is owned by Birmingham City Council, is the Woodgate Valley Riding for the Disabled Centre, a charity which helps young people with a disability learn to ride and care for ponies. The centre also caters for youngsters from the inner city, schools and organised groups from all backgrounds.
Carol Jones, manager at the centre, said: “The team from Grant Thornton worked incredibly hard, just stopping for one short coffee break all day. They were determined to do as much as possible while they were here, and we can’t get over what they’ve achieved.”
Grant Thornton partner Kathryn Godfree, the firm’s corporate responsibility coordinator, said: “Carol and her team do amazing work with young people and we were only too pleased to help with some essential housekeeping.