Safety work helps quartet

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Four charities have benefitted from the safe working practices of employees at a Wallsend firm.

The causes each received £1,925 after being nominated by OGN Group and client staff as part of the company’s Safety Incentive Scheme.

The quartet were Barnardos, the Skin Deep Appeal at RVI hospital in Newcastle, the Great North Air Ambulance and Carrigan ‘Polly’ Clark, 14, who is raising funds to help during her chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

The money donated to the Skin Deep Appeal is part of a fundraising effort by the family of three-year-old Ava McGregor, from Wallsend, who is currently having treatment for removal of a port wine stain on her face.

Colin McGregor, Ava’s father and OGN employee, said: “Thank you for this donation. This is another big step in our goal of helping the RVI improve their laser equipment.”

“Ava has benefited hugely from her laser treatment, and we just hope other children like Ava will benefit from the new equipment at the RVI Hospital.”

Bill Laurie, general manager at OGN Group, said: “Safe working is at the heart of our operations and this scheme is a great way to promote safety in the workplace while helping some deserving individuals and important charities.

“Our staff have worked very hard, and safely, to successfully build up a substantial amount of money and we are also really grateful to our clients that have given their backing to the scheme and enabled us to make these donations.”