A local Norfolk school and village have received donations totally £1,100 from our Rix Petroleum East Anglia depot.
Based on West Carr Road, Attleborough, the depot donated £944.38 to Great Ellingham Parish Council and £266.59 to St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke, as part of its programme of community support.
The money was raised via Rix’s heating oil buying syndicates which operate in eight villages across Norfolk.
By clubbing together to buy heating oil, residents in the syndicates make savings by ordering in bulk and delivery charges are reduced as the company can deliver to all residents in a single day.
Rix Petroleum then passes some of those savings back to residents in the form of a donation.
The money donated to Great Ellingham Parish Council is distributed among community groups in the village to ensure as many people as possible benefit.
Tim Betts, the leader of the council, said: “Rix Petroleum donate the money every year as part of their heating oil buying consortium and it is very much appreciated. They have been donating for nearly a decade and it is always around the £1,000 mark.
“The money is never used for maintenance or anything like that. It has to be something new and something that helps a lot of people, although those are not hard and fast rules.”
Hannah Wheeler, head teacher at St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke, said the donation funded a trip for pupils to see Beauty and Beast at Bury St Edmonds.
She said: “The donation came just at the right time. We have changed our behaviour policy and have been working on behaviour for learning. As part of this, we have decided to treat the children who try hard and achieve top marks each term.
“This term, 19 children met the gold standard every week, so as a reward we decided to take them to see the panto. The donation from Rix Petroleum covered the cost of treating the kids, so we’re really grateful to them for helping us in that way.”
Rory Beath, director of Rix Petroleum, said the syndicates brought benefits to both the company and local communities.
He said: “Our oil syndicates help alleviate fuel poverty because members can save around £80 per year on their energy bills. It also helps us cut our carbon footprint because we deliver to all members on the same day, meaning our tanker journeys are reduced. Because we make savings, we like to invest a percentage of that back to communities as charitable donations.
“We are delighted to have donated to Great Ellingham and St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke. Residents support us by being part of our buying syndicates, so it is great to give a little bit of that back.”