Huddersfield based Disposables UK Group, played host to Merrill Osmond, lead singer of the world-famous ‘The Osmonds’ as he paid a visit to the region.
He was here to promote a gala evening to be held at the Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds on 1 September which will raise funds for charities, The Hearing Fund UK and Music and the Deaf, with monies benefitting deaf children in Yorkshire.
Disposables UK Group, who produce cleaning and hygiene products for the ‘away from home’ market are one of the region’s important manufacturers. They were asked to host the visit as a prominent licence holder of the European Union’s Ecolabel scheme which promotes environmental excellence and who are a sponsor of the gala event.
Disposables was the first UK paper converter in the away from home market to gain EU Ecolabel certification on its Bay West® range of paper products.
Keen to hear about the work of Disposables, Merrill Osmond met members of the Board including Chairman, Diane Storer, Managing Director, David Burkill and Marketing Manager, Emma Wood.
They gave a short presentation and showcased the Bay West® range, highlighting the stringent procedures they had to comply with to receive EU Ecolabel accreditation.
In turn, Mr Osmond outlined the work of The Hearing Fund UK, founded by his son Justin who was born with 90 per cent hearing loss. Hearing loss is at the heart of the Osmonds’ story. Merrill’s two eldest brothers were born profoundly deaf and, as they couldn’t afford hearing aids for them, their parents formed their four eldest sons (Alan, Wayne, Jay and Merrill) into a barbershop quartet to raise funds.
They went on to form The Osmonds, joined by Donny and Jimmy, and became one of the world’s most successful groups.
Commenting on the visit, Diane Storer said:
“We work in close partnership with the EU Ecolabel who invited us to last year’s gala evening, so it is a privilege to welcome Merrill Osmond to Yorkshire on their behalf. I had the pleasure of meeting him at last year’s event and found him inspiring.
“Anyone who was around in the 70s will remember The Osmonds’ as being an iconic group, and his work in support of the two charities is inspirational.”
Further information about the gala evening and The Hearing Fund UK can be found at www.hearingfund.org.uk