ABS staff to embark on charity mission

Ben Tighe, Stacey Langley, David Lees and Petr Pospisil from ABS UK.
Ben Tighe, Stacey Langley, David Lees and Petr Pospisil from ABS UK.

Local printing firm ABS UK Ltd is embarking on a charity mission to India and Sri Lanka this month to lend support to a local school and orphanage.

The Elland-based company supports community projects through its charitable arm, the ABS Foundation.

David Lees, from ABS UK, will be travelling to India on October 18 kick start their latest mission to East Coast Primary school in Tharangambadi, where earlier in the year ABS funded the build of a new roof.

He said: “It’s really important for us to revisit the school so we can evaluate the project and see how we support the school going forward and I’m really looking forward to the trip.”

Moving on to Sri Lanka, David will then join three of ABS UK Ltd’s staff on an eight day trip to the Eliya Children’s Home in the beach town of Tangalle, also supported by the company through the ABS foundation. The children’s home provides shelter to children affected by the atrocities committed by the terrorist organisation the Tamil Tigers.

ABS has donated more than £18,000 to the children’s home since 2013 which has helped the home build a new infirmary and install solar panels.

The ABS staff - Stacey Langley, Ben Tighe and Petr Pospisil - were chosen for the Sri Lanka trip as part of the firm’s Colleague Care Incentive, an internal employee recognition programme, which rewards colleague care in relation to business performance.

The volunteers will spend three days at the children’s home and take part in vegetable cultivation, water pipe repairs, IT literacy training and general maintenance of the home. The team will also deliver clothes and toys to the orphans which have been donated by their colleagues.