KIND-HEARTED staff at Castleford’s Asda distribution centre have clubbed together to pave the way for care home residents.
Warehouse operative Tim Beech, who has worked at the supermarket’s Chilled Distribution Centre (CDC) on Tuscan Way for ten years, convinced management to help pay for and build a wheelchair accessible path at Castleford’s Fairburn Vale Care Home so residents can enjoy the summer sun.
Mr Beech, 31, decided to join the company’s community scheme and help the Wheldon Road care centre after his best friend Phil Snowdon – who was violently attacked at a Wakefield nightclub in 2010, leaving him permanently brain damaged – became a resident.
Mr Beech, who has known Mr Snowdon for 14 years, said: “I go to see Phil on a regular basis and I’d joined a scheme at work to come up with ideas to help the community.
“Last time I saw Phil I got to thinking about whether Asda could do something for the care home. They had started building a gazebo in the garden and funding had run out to finish it, so I put it to my manager to get materials and a couple of people down there to get it done, and it was put to a meeting and everyone voted ‘yes’.”
Mr Beech and a team of colleagues spent four days digging up the care home’s garden and with funding from the company for materials, laid a flagged path from the house to the gazebo.
He said residents in wheelchairs who previously could not use the garden because it was a grassed area can now be taken outside to enjoy nice weather.
Mr Beech added: “I wanted to do something because Phil is one of my closest friends. It’s something as small this, that took four days of our time, that will make a huge impact to people permanenetly living at the care home.
“I feel good that it’s done because they’re going to benefit from it and I’m thankful that Asda CDC gave us the go-ahead because without them it wouldn’t have happened.”
Karen Wilcock-Collins, manager of the care home, praised the Asda team for their hard work and generosity.
She said: “It’s fantastic they’ve come out and laid the path so residents have got access to the gazebo and can come outside more. We’re the envy of all the other homes and it’s made such a positive impact on the residents here.”