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Students leave a year-long legacy as they persuade colleagues to star in a charity calendar

Placement students at a Derbyshire company convinced older colleagues across their workplace to pull on fancy dress and pose for the camera when they put together a 2020 works calendar in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

More than 130 members of staff at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, answered the call for volunteers to attend a series of photo-shoots when the students took it upon themselves to compile a calendar for the first time in the company’s history.

Lubrizol has 27 placement students working in a wide range of departments across the company, including its chemistry labs, engineering department, HR and global communications.

They worked together to decide on various themes for each of the months, such as a beach theme for July, a Valentine’s Day theme for February and a Christmas theme for December 2020, and then allocated each one to different departments before organising the photoshoot, complete with props and comedy outfits.

The calendars are now on sale at £5 each and promise to be a popular desk accessory at Lubrizol for the coming year.

Amy Turner, a placement student in Lubrizol’s global communications department, said:

“Nobody has done anything like this before and the thought of having to convince our older colleagues to get involved was daunting at first.

“The response we got was brilliant and we’re really happy with the final product, which is selling well and raising lots of money.”

Tom Grazier, vice-chairman of Lubrizol’s Charities and Community Committee, said:

“Placement students are an important part of the workforce here at Lubrizol and we were happy to let them get in with it when they suggested putting together a charity calendar.

“They showed great powers of persuasion by getting their senior work colleagues involved in the photoshoots, which were great fun and all for an extremely worthy cause.”

Photo shows: From left, Lubrizol’s placement students Amy Turner, Victoria Hurst, Sophie Heritage and Rahmeen Javaid with copies of their 2020 charity calendar, which they have produced in aid of the British Heart Foundation.


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