Staff from Elland-based print solutions ABS UK Ltd, have returned from a life-changing volunteer trip to India and Sri Lanka.
Four employees from Chamber member ABS UK Ltd embarked on the charity mission in October to lend their support to a local school and orphanage. The one-in-a-lifetime experience was organised through ABS’ charitable arm, the ABS Foundation, which supports community projects.
David Lees, CSR and marketing coordinator at ABS, kicked off the mission by revisiting the school to see how their funding had helped and to discuss future projects including new toilet and playground facilities and new flooring to help improve the facilities and environment for the children. The company has estimated it would need to raise £5000 over the next quarter in order to deliver this.
David then joined three of his fellow ABS colleagues in Sri Lanka at the Eliya Children’s Home. The A volunteers spent three days at the children’s home and took part in vegetable cultivation, gardening, water pipe repairs, IT literacy training and general maintenance of the home. The team also delivered clothes and toys to the orphans and to a nearby charity for the disabled, which had been donated by their colleagues.
Since 2015, ABS has donated more than £18k to the children's home, which has helped the home build a new infirmary and install solar panels. The solar panels have helped the home to make a saving of 95% on their monthly energy bills.