More than 60 volunteers from ExxonMobil Fawley took a day out from their busy work schedules to help make a difference to four local good causes.

The site’s annual Day of Caring scheme – now in its 12th year – saw four teams carry out a variety of work at Brockenhurst College, Hythe Sea Scouts, Blackfield Baptist Church and Manor Infants School, Holbury.

The aim of the event was to provide manpower and skills to organisations which would otherwise struggle to carry out vital work or specific projects.

This year’s Day of Caring began at Brockenhust College and saw volunteers help to create an outside learning and living space in the grounds of the house used by the Foundation Studies students.

The headquarters of Hythe Sea Scouts was the next venue, where the team put up new plastic fascia boards to help protect the building from the elements.

The group also managed to fit in some painting inside the hut.

The third group completed a day of garden-type work at Blackfield Baptist Church, cutting back overgrown vegetation, trees and branches.

Finally, a fourth band of volunteers went to Manor Infants School, in Holbury, where they gave the fences and playground equipment a much-needed coat of coloured wood stain ready for the winter, as well as clearing an overgrown path and erecting a summer house.

Simon Downing, Fawley Refinery Manager, said: “We were delighted to help these four worthy causes as part of Day and Caring. It’s a great way to demonstrate our commitment to helping the community and to being a good neighbour.”

Chemicals Manager Richard Henderson added: “Day of Caring is an event we all look forward to every year. To be able to give something back to the community in this way is incredibly rewarding, especially when we see the difference it makes.”

Elaine Axton, Foundation Studies Course Leader at Brockenhurst College, said: “A huge thank you to all the volunteers from ExxonMobil Fawley for helping us make our garden look so much better. They worked so hard and made such a big difference.”

Chris Godfrey, Chairman of Hythe Sea Scouts’ fundraising committee, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to all the Day of Caring volunteers who did such a great job. We simply could not have done this on our own, it will make a huge difference to us.”

Iris Cottrell, from Blackfield Baptist Church, said: “It was lovely to have so many volunteers from ExxonMobil Fawley give up their working day to come and help us. They did a wonderful job and we are so grateful to them.”

Michelle Hale, Headteacher of Manor Infants School, said: “On behalf of everyone at Manor, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at ExxonMobil Fawley who gave their time to help us. The work that has been done has been fantastic and has made a real difference to the school site. We are very grateful.”