Forest Fuels Laura Banyard in Horse Race for Charity
Laura Banyard only recently joined Forest Fuels but has already impressed her work colleagues as she’s taking up the challenge of riding her horse Oscar in a race to raise funds for Julia’s House, a children’s charity based near her home in Dorset.
The charity aims to provide care and support for families caring for a child with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions – helping them in their homes, the wider community and also at the hospice.
Laura’s been riding since she was just a young girl and is asking anyone who’d be interested in offering sponsorship to go directly to her Just Giving page set up specifically for the event by clicking here.
Ben Goh, Forest Fuels regional manager said, "We're really pleased to have Laura on our customer team, we’re all supporting her in the race as it’s such a deserving charity".
Julia’s House is developing a new centre in Devizes, Wiltshire and this is where all funds raised from the race will be directed.
Laura said, “I’ve never entered anything like this before but I do try to do something worthwhile for charity each year and when I saw the race in aid of Julia’s House I knew I had to take part.”
The race is over 11 furlongs, which is not far short of one and a half miles.
Ben Goh added, “We wish Laura every success in the race and hope that everyone gets behind her with support and sponsorship money for Julia’s House”.
Forest Fuels Joined DIY SOS Party to Welcome Matthew Home
9 days of frenetic activity came to a close. Forest Fuels joined all of the other trades and suppliers who helped to transform the home for young Matthew and parents Sue and Leigh Cooper in Trench, Telford.
The sun was out to greet everyone as the Forest Fuels team landed. Pictured below, Bob Osborne, Transport Manager and Ben Goh, Regional Manager arrive.
Ben Goh, said, "The atmosphere and community spirit was outstanding, the street was filled with people all with the same warm welcome for Matthew".
It all started with an appeal from Matthew’s school Wrockwardine Wood Junior where head teacher Julie Henry launched fund raising and organised her pupils to apply to DIY SOS. As well as raising a huge amount of money and support locally it also meant that the campaign to recruit further help with products and trades was destined to hit the ground running.
The revealing of the full glory of the house transformation is to remain secret until the show is screened sometime in the coming months but the scenes outside the house when the family emerged to say thank you were, as you might have expected, highly emotional.
Pictured here, the trades and suppliers prepared for the welcome home.
Forest Fuels supplied and delivered premium grade wood chip, which was used to put the finishing touch to all of the bordered areas and planted beds in the new garden.
Matthew and his parents Leigh and Sue Cooper were completely overwhelmed by the efforts and contributions of everyone involved and Matthew had his own very special thank you which you’ll have to wait to see.
Below Forest Fuels Marketing and Communications Manager Dave Myatt gave Billy Byrne his own special thank-you, a Forest Fuels hat. Billy said, “Thanks very much, that’s perfect for when I play golf!”
Forest Fuels Keeps Swimmers Happy
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Dave Myatt, Forest Fuels Marketing and Communications Manager said, “Customer care is at the heart of everything we do at Forest Fuels so it's really encouraging to get customer feedback like this from Camelford Leisure Centre”.
Forest Fuels Delivers to DIY SOS
The previously quiet residential street in Telford is turned into a hive of well organised but nonetheless highly energised activity as the last minute details of the big build are attended to.
This is the scene as the Forest Fuels team arrives.
Bob Osborne, Forest Fuels transport manager said, "When we arrived it was quite astonishing to see. There were vans and workers everywhere, I’ve never seen anything quite like it".
The road has been closed off to allow space and access for the many support vehicles, equipment and plant on site.
One of the near neighbours has kindly allowed rear access to the garden area through their bungalow’s garage and garden.
After gaining access the Forest Fuels team set about unloading the wood chip, bagged for ease of handling.
The team on site ready to put the finishing touches to the purpose built garden area in readiness for Matthew’s return home.
The project is transforming the home of Matthew and his parents Leigh and Sue Cooper after Matthew suffered brain and spinal cancer and had to spend a long time in Birmingham Children’s Hospital for treatment.
BBC DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles took a short break from the build and is pictured here with Forest Fuels Transport Manager, Bob Osborne (Left) and Marketing and Communications Manager Dave Myatt (centre)
Forest Fuels visits site for BBC’s DIY SOS Telford launch
The calm ahead of the storm
This is the scene in a quiet residential area of Telford as the plant, machinery, equipment and materials are all assembled in readiness for the purge.
Parents Leigh and Sue Cooper will soon be able to return home with their son Matthew to their specially adapted accommodation. They attracted the attention of the programme makers when the pupils and head teacher of Wrockwardine Wood Junior School applied to them for help.
Dave Myatt, Forest Fuels Marketing and Communications Manager said, “Heather, the Researcher from BBC’s DIY SOS, invited us to meet on site and look at delivery arrangements for bringing in the wood chip to finish off the planted areas. Having seen the complete planning schedule, all I can say is I can’t believe how they manage to achieve what they do in such a tight time-frame. Our delivery will come right at the end of the process so we’re looking forward to seeing the build take shape.”
Pictured below, Wrockwardine Wood Junior School head teacher Julie Henry on site with BBC DIY SOS Researcher Heather Lafferty.
Heather said, "We’ve done really well with getting hold of building materials and products for the build, the response from the local community and businesses has been excellent. The only remaining thing we’re currently on the lookout for is white wardrobes for the spare room. If you know of anyone that can help with this then please ask them to email us right away at email@example.com ".