The longest-serving member of staff at Kinect Energy Group in Elland is helping give something back to the community after being rewarded time-off to pursue voluntary work for his dedication to the business.
Peter Hopla, who is affectionately nicknamed ‘Grandad’ by his colleagues, received the opportunity to work for a charity of his choice for a month after completing more than ten years’ service with the firm.
Kinect works with businesses and organisations to help them reduce their energy bills and become more energy efficient.
Peter, who works in the Utility Services team for Kinect where he helps manage metering for clients, chose to work for a charity based in Bradford called World of Worth (WoW). WoW works in communities across the globe, including in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Their programmes care for women and girls physically, emotionally and spiritually, and assist in releasing them from a life of poverty, rejection and fear.
Peter said: “I chose WoW because they’re a very small charity and I know the couple that run it, as we attend the same church in Bradford. I thought it would be better to give my time to a smaller charity rather than a larger organisation, as they don’t have the same level of resource as the bigger ones.
“I have worked with WoW throughout the month of September, helping them with updating their child sponsorship databases, mail merges to donors and end of financial year tasks. The whole experience has been inspiring and challenging.”
Peter, who has worked for Kinect since April 2006 and was the first employee taken on by the company, added: “I just love being there. They’re a good set of people and I work in a great team. They all call me grandad because I’m the oldest and longest serving!”
Kinect Energy Group managing director Amar Hussain said: “Peter is a valuable member of the team at Kinect and a real role model to many of our younger staff members.
“Kinect is a company that values long service and dedication and it’s wonderful to see Peter working for such a worthwhile cause as he celebrates over ten years with the business.”