The Barnsley-based Fulfilment Centre of XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, has turned a random act of culinary kindness into cash to help support local families at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

It began when Barnsley scone bakery Haywood and Padgett made a delicious donation of 1,000 scones to their neighbour XPO Logistics, a gesture that was very well received by staff.

Taken aback at the kind contribution, XPO Logistics decided to make a £500 donation to the charity on their behalf. A ballot went out to colleagues who picked Bluebell Wood as the grateful recipient.

Gavin Williams, managing director, supply chain – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said: “We were amazed by Haywood and Padgett’s mouth-watering gesture. It’s safe to say everyone was very full by the end of the day!

“Our teams decided that one good turn deserves another and after taking a vote, Bluebell Wood came out on top as their chosen charity.

“So many of us here at XPO have seen the charity’s life-changing work first-hand and we’ll continue to do what we can to help Bluebell Wood make a real difference to local families.”

XPO Logistics, which has sites in Barnsley, Chapeltown and Doncaster, is a long-standing supporter of Bluebell Wood, raising almost £20,000 for the charity and a further £24,000 in bags of donated items to be sold at Bluebell Wood’s charity shops and online.

As if that wasn’t enough, colleagues at the community-spirited firm have also volunteered their time at many of Bluebell Wood’s big events, at the hospice itself and in their local communities.

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to XPO Logistics for their generous donation and, of course, to Haywood and Padgett for their lovely gesture.

“XPO Logistics are an incredibly important charity partner for Bluebell Wood who really have gone above and beyond over the years."

“As well as raising eye-watering sums of money, colleagues from the firm have volunteered their time at many of our events and in various other areas of our work.

“Thanks to fantastic supporters like XPO Logistics we’re able to help local families make memories they’ll always treasure in the time they have together.”

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