Donation will help Joseph get in the saddle

Joseph Warren, one of the beneficiaries of the fundraising initiative by OGN.
Joseph Warren, one of the beneficiaries of the fundraising initiative by OGN.
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Four charities have each received £1,500 thanks to the generosity of staff at a Wallsend firm.

Employees at the OGN Group raised £6,000 through the company’s Safety Incentive Scheme at the Hadrian Yard.

I am delighted with the money raised as it will really help Joseph to live his life to the fullest

Stephen Warren

One of the beneficiaries is Joseph Warren, from Wallsend.

The money will be donated to Joseph’s fund ‘Go Jo-Jo’, which is run via the charity Out of Sight.

Joseph was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when his mum was 34 weeks pregnant, leaving him visually impaired, and unable to walk or communicate effectively. He also suffers from cerebral palsy.

He recently underwent an operation to improve his walking. For the first time in his life, he has been able to walk with the help of a frame.

The money raised will help Joseph’s parents buy a disability bike and a bespoke saddle for horse riding for their son.

Joseph’s father Stephen said: “I am delighted with the money raised as it will really help Joseph to live his life to the fullest.

“The main thing we need to fund is a walking frame, which will help Joseph with his walking.

“The money will also help fund a saddle and a tricycle.”

Under the Safety Incentive Scheme, created by OGN and delivered in partnership with their clients ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited and Kvaerner, money is raised based on positive attitudes and performance towards safety and safe working practices demonstrated by all staff.

Funds are put into the scheme and at the end of every three months it is collected and donated to local causes.

In addition to staff raising money by working safely, they also nominate which good causes benefit each year.

The other causes nominated to receive funds from the safety initiative are Sara’s Hope Foundation – www.sarashopefoundation.co.uk; Newcastle Children’s Hospital; and Tiny Lives – www.tinylives.org.uk

Bill Laurie, general manager of OGN Group, said: “I am very pleased that staff have once again confirmed their commitment to safety and positive attitudes to maintaining exceptionally high standards.

“Our Safety Incentive Scheme is an extremely well supported initiative that also helps to support many charities and other good causes each year.

“Working safely is at the core of what we do and the charity element really serves to motivate our staff.

“Any member of staff can nominate a good cause or charity, which is a really good incentive to further prove our commitment to safety principles.”