Last Friday (20 May) saw eight team members down at Cosmeston Medieval Village in Penarth, taking part in Business in the Community’s annual Give & Gain day. The event is a celebration of the incredible power of employee volunteering. On this day, businesses across the UK offer their time and resource to support community organisations, social enterprises and schools who benefit from the extra provisions.
Team Leaders (for the event) David Murray and Claire Cooper were joined by Ruth Perkins, Alison Parker, Jody Tranter, Rhian Riley, Derek Simms and Rebekah Westall, who enjoyed a busy day painting fences, gardening and sharpening boundary edges and getting stuck into other various activities.
At the end of a hard day’s work, the team had the chance to take a step back in time as they were treated to a tour of the medieval village which was discovered during excavation work in 1978. The tour of the village, which is now over 600 years old, gave the group the opportunity to experience what life was really like for the people, rich and poor, who lived around the manor of Cosmeston.
Not ready to quit then, the following day (21 May), the majority of the same team (minus Derek, Rhian and Rebekah, but including Natalie Bushell) took part in the Gung-Ho challenge – conquering a 5k course that includes 10 of the most craziest inflatable obstacles ever made – in Cardiff’s Bute Park. The team endured high-rise slides and foam pools to cross the line in a truly gallant effort and beating their £250 target.
Well done to all those who participated!