30th August 2016 By Admin
Workers from Pernod Ricard UK swapped spirits for spades and wine for weeds as they put their gardening skills to the test at The BEN Pitlochry Estate.
The team, including Chris McGovern, Fiona Marshall, John Ainsley and Luke Crighton, gave up their free time to help tidy up the gardens at the estate, which is owned and managed by The BEN (the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society), as part of Pernod Ricard’s annual ‘Responsib’All Day’ where all 18,000 Pernod Ricard employees across the world take time out of their day jobs to focus on giving back to communities local to their offices. This year, workers across the company were challenged to participate in volunteering that spreads conviviality; bringing good company and creating social spaces for those who need them most.
The BEN Pitlochry Estate, which consists of 18 bungalows, provides accommodation for current and retired members of the licensed trade industry as well as ‘Respitality’ breaks for carers.
Commenting on the day and the spruced-up surroundings, The BEN chief executive, Chris Gardner, said: “It’s always brilliant to see members of the licensed trade proactively engage with The BEN and we’re very grateful to the Pernod Ricard UK team for giving up their time to help on the estate.
“I know the residents are particularly pleased with the work they’ve done and appreciate the support shown by one of the industry’s biggest companies.”
Chris McGovern, field sales manager at Pernod Ricard UK, and organiser of the volunteer event added: “It was a really enjoyable day and the team were more than happy to pitch in where needed. The BEN does such important work for the industry and its workers and I’m glad we were able to help out in some way”.
Established in 1864, The BEN has been providing financial, social and emotional support to former and current workers of the licensed trade for over 150 years. Whether discretionary financial support or one-off grants for emergency situations, the charity can assist eligible applicants who have worked in the licensed trade, full-time, for at least three years.