Ashfield?s footballers chip in to help Gareth hit the target

Ashfield Building Group recently took part in a charity football tournament which was organised to support the vital cause of kicking cancer into touch.

Ashfield staff joined a line-up fielded by OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality), a Leeds-based charity which was established in 2002. Ashfield Contracts Manager, Krystian Granger, and OPAL were instrumental in bringing the event together to help raise money in support of the inspirational charity efforts of Gareth Dunn.

Gareth has been diagnosed with incurable cancer and has since committed himself to fundraising with a target of £100,000 for Cancer Research. He is an incredibly admirable individual and maintains a very engaging blog which tells his story and discusses all aspects of living with incurable cancer, from treatment and mental well-being to spirituality and fitness. Gareth describes his thoughts and experiences with plenty of wit, insight and opinion. We recommend a read at – if you have some money to spare, please consider a donation while you’re there.

OPAL was established to support older people within the Cookridge, Tinshill, Adel and Bramhope areas to live safe, healthy, independent lives without isolation. This is achieved through a range of services and activities including advice, information, advocacy, social and healthy activities and home support.

OPAL purchased the Bedford Arms public house in 2015 and converted it into the Welcome In Community Centre, which opened in January 2017. Their new community hub has made a huge difference as it means OPAL have secure premises for the future and can provide a space for local people and organisations to use. OPAL are now fundraising to complete the renovation which will be carried out by Ashfield Building Group. OPAL’s donation page is here if you are able to chip in towards their ongoing efforts.