Resin Driveway Company Performs Random Act of Kindness

A resin pathway installed next to a field and children's playground
Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: May 15, 2024
3 minutes read

When it comes to doing something for the community, sometimes it’s good to go above and beyond. That’s exactly what a family-run resin driveway business did in Cumbria. Working throughout the Easter holidays, they provided a local school with a free upgrade.

20th Anniversary

Oltco recently celebrated 20 years of business, and the owners wanted to do something to celebrate the occasion. After two decades, it’s worthwhile and wholesome to give something back to the community.

Sarah and John Weller run the Cumbrian branch and were asked by franchise owners if they wanted to perform a random act of kindness. Having explained that the majority of the cost would be on them, they still wanted to do something but couldn’t initially think of what to do.

Involving the Kids

After a while of searching and not coming up with anything concrete, Sarah and Jack turned to their children for help. They explained to their 6 and 8 year olds what they wanted to do and wondered if they might have any ideas.

Because they would often involve their children in all aspects of their business, they already had a firm grasp of the logistics involved. Without hesitation, both children said they wanted to do something for their school.

Eaglesfield Paddle C of E Primary Academy

The headteacher was more than happy to meet the family. Mrs Dawn Watson gave them some inspiration by showing them a pathway in need of desperate repair. The tarmac path ran alongside the fence outside the playground, looking patchy and worn.

Sarah knew this was the right project for them. Considering the funding for schools has been suffering for years, it made sense to do what they could to help. The walkway itself gets a lot of use, and children would often trample mud into the school. Giving it an upgrade would also help the cleaners.

Waiting for the Easter holidays, the family got to work on the path for the children’s school. The kids got heavily involved, and it turned into their project. They were mixing the resin and laying the surface, keen to make a difference.

After the two week break, teachers, parents and pupils alike got to see it for the first time. It really was a total surprise, and a welcome one at that.

Recycled Materials

The actual resin surface itself is made from Recycle Bound, which makes use of plastic waste that’s currently in circulation. This means every square metre is the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. A standard 50m² would use the equivalent of 150,000!

Reusing plastic in this way is much more beneficial for the environment. Instead of littering the area with plastic waste, it can be put to good use. It’s mixed with the resin and aggregate to provide a more robust structure that allows for water to drain through, often outlasting traditional resin methods.

Get Your Resin Surface

You might be considering whether to lay a resin driveway yourself, but there’s plenty that can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. The best thing to do is to be prepared and go for a professional. They have the correct tools, teamwork and knowledge to make sure your resin surface is fitted correctly.

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