Jock hosts Family Fun Day in Motherwell

13 July 2015
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Families at Silver Birch Park, Motherwell took to the streets this summer for a family fun day, to celebrate the near completion of the development organised by Springfield Site Manager John Craig. 

John Craig, known by most as Jock, has worked on the Silver Birch Park development since Springfield took over the then Redrow development in 2012.

“I’ve been on the development long enough now to know the folk that live there. If I’m driving about the site they wave, they’ll always come for a chat and say ‘hi’. There is a real community feel on the site and they make me feel part of it.

“There had been a running joke with the clients that I would invite them all for a BBQ when the development was finished and this year I thought ‘why not?’" 

So on the 4th July, true to his word, Jock hosted a BBQ – complete with Minions, bouncy castles, face painting, raffles and a guest appearance from the local fire service. He worked tirelessly, contacting suppliers and sub contractors to source prizes, find volunteers to dress as Minions, and to make sure everyone on the development was invited.

“The generosity of the companies that Springfield work with was great. Many donated money for food, drink and the inflatables and others donated prizes. Springfield donated a Gordon and MacPhail hamper and covered the cost for a bouncy castle and Allbar Facility Management Solutions donated two hospitality Celtic tickets. My wife, Marion, even donated a tablet!” Jock said.

“I was especially impressed with the Fire Service. They were fantastic with the children, letting them sit in the truck, wear their helmets and even posed for pictures.”

Even though the fun day was early July, there had been gale force winds and torrential rain, which could have dampened spirits. But Jock’s charm and the excitement that had been building on the development amongst residents was not going to be deterred by grey clouds.

“The day went really well despite the weather keeping us on our toes. It gave the residents an opportunity to get to know their neighbours while the kids jumped about on the bouncy castle and chatted to the fire fighters. I’ve had lots of positive feedback with many asking about having another for next year!”

Jock and the Silver Birch Park community raised £262.00 by selling raffle tickets. This money was donated to St Andrews Hospice. 

Innes Smith has said:

“Jock has a brilliant relationship with the customers on the development and this is further proof of that. The family fun day is something he had discussed with residents on the development and then organised himself – even down to sourcing prizes for the raffle and arranging for the fire service to attend.

“He has gone above and beyond for these customers and deserves recognition for that. Good work Jock!”