Charities benefit from yard initiative

Andrew Leadbitter, Grant Thompson, Emily Thompson and Lisa Goodwin. Picture by Chris White.

Andrew Leadbitter, Grant Thompson, Emily Thompson and Lisa Goodwin. Picture by Chris White.

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Four charities have benefited thanks to safe working at a Wallsend yard.

Staff at OGN Group have raised thousands of pounds through its Safety Incentive Scheme, with money raised based on positive attitudes towards safe working practices.

The Sick Children’s Trust received £1,125. It provides free ‘home from home’ accommodation for families who have children at the RVI and Freeman Hospital.

Grant Thompson’s daughter, Emily, was recently admitted to the RVI. He said: “The Trust has made our lives so much easier and for that we are truly grateful.”

The other groups were The Great North Children’s Hospital Unit, Huntington’s Disease Association and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

OGN Group is a long-term supporter of MND; earlier in the year it held a charity football match against Barrier Group, an engineering firm also based on Wallsend, in honour of two friends – Keith Hallway and Adam Peacock – who sadly both lost their battles with the disease.

Robert Saether, HSE/Quality Manager in the Kvaerner site team, said: “It’s already difficult enough for ill children and their family without having to worry about travel and accommodation, which is why the provision made by The Sick Children’s Trust is so important.

“The response to the safety initiative from all personnel has been first class, and we are delighted that, due to all of the hard work onsite, we are now able to help support worthy charities, such as The Sick Children’s Trust.”

“At the end of each quarter, when we come to decide upon our chosen charities, there is an abundance of worthy causes. Knowing there are more people we can help by working safely gives staff the extra motivation to adhere to, and improve, working practices.”

Andrew Leadbitter, Scott House manager, said: “Every day, I speak to families whose lives have been turned upside down by the news their child needs lifesaving treatment.

“The Sick Children’s Trust’s job is to ensure we can be there for them, to allow them to be there for their sick child when they need their family the most.

“It costs us £28 to provide a room for family for one night, so this generous donation will help us support families at one of the most difficult times imaginable.”