The fastest sandbaggers in the West - Allchurches team builds track for charity

The Allchurches Trust team rolled up their sleeves recently to help one of our grant beneficiaries re-build its go-karting track.

Along with colleagues from Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Allchurches team spent a day volunteering at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC), near Newent, Gloucestershire.

Tasked with re-building the go-karting track, they spent the day filling hundreds of sandbags and then using them to build up the walls - a job that would have taken the TRAC volunteer team at least four weeks to complete. Other volunteers weather-proofed fencing with creosote.

And when all the hard work was done, they even had the chance to take the karts out for a spin, with Peter Mojsa showing his competitive side to take the honours in the grants officers' race before grants administrator, Iain Hearn, led the way on the zip wire.

Iain said: "It is always hugely inspirational when we get the chance to visit one of our beneficiaries and hear first hand about the great work they do. TRAC is a wonderful charity and it was a privilege to be part of their volunteer workforce for the day, helping ensure that young people can continue to enjoy the go-karting track, as well as the other fun and educational activities on offer there, long into the future. It is a fantastic facility."

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Allchurches Trust gave a grant to TRAC earlier this year to help fund new, fully accessible toilet and shower facilities for campers and a balcony for their 'chill out zone'. Grants officer, Paul Playford, suggested the charity for the team volunteering day.

TRAC offers fun and educational activities - both outdoor and indoor - for church and community youth groups, scouts and guides and inner city schools and families, teaching them new skills in a rural environment. While some groups come for a few hours, others stay on site for up to a week.

The charity is almost entirely staffed by volunteers and is committed to keeping the cost of using the centre low so that as many children and teenagers as possible can access the opportunities there.

After spending the day at TRAC, several members of the Allchurches and Ecclesiastical volunteering team have decided to donate their personal grant to the centre. Ecclesiastical Insurance Group gives all of its staff a £125 grant to give to a cause close to their hearts, and this is doubled to £250 if they volunteer for the same charity.

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