Workers’ kind Christmas gift

Craig Butterfield, centre, with collegues at Screentek
Craig Butterfield, centre, with collegues at Screentek
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Workers at a Coppull firm have brought Christmas cheer to a colleague who is battling cancer.

Craig Butterfield, who works on upholstery at office furniture company Screentek, at Chapel Lane Business Park, has been receiving statutory sick pay while he has been ill.

Colleagues wanted to show their support to ensure Craig and his family could enjoy a merry Christmas.

So a group of nine Polish workers decided to give him their pay from working a day’s overtime.

Pavel Domanski, who came up with the idea, said: “I didn’t want Craig to worry about the money over Christmas, as he already had enough worry with being ill.

“I gathered the eight Polish guys and asked them if they would donate their Saturday overtime hours to Craig.

“Without question, every single one said no problem.

“If it had been anyone in the business, they would have done the same.”

Their generosity proved to be an inspiration for other colleagues, who also donated money.

Everyone gave different amounts, putting their donations in a closed envelope, with the average thought to be £20.

And the managing director matched the amount given to Craig by his employees.

It meant the father-of-three received more than £2,000 in his pay packet for Christmas.

Craig, 43, who lives in Blackburn, said: “I was emotional when I found out. I’m so grateful for the support I have had. I want to say thank you to all my friends and colleagues at Screentek for helping me at a difficult time.”

Peter Cross, marketing executive, said the gesture brought tears.

He said: “It was the Polish guys who came up with the idea and did it. They were all saving up to go to Poland for Christmas, so it was a really big thing and a touching thing, that inspired the company.

“Craig, like everyone else on our shop floor, is part of our family. He is the nicest guy you could ever meet.

“But we believe that if it had been anyone else, they would have done this.”