Wallsend firm gives cash boost to four charities

Back from left, Kvaerner's Oddvar Lunde and OGN's Mick Tait, with, front, the charity's Ernie Thompson and Sheelagh Dilworth and Kvaerner's Inge Haugland.
Back from left, Kvaerner's Oddvar Lunde and OGN's Mick Tait, with, front, the charity's Ernie Thompson and Sheelagh Dilworth and Kvaerner's Inge Haugland.

A Wallsend firm has given a £1,000 boost to a charity helping dementia sufferers.

Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) has given the cash to Action on Dementia Sunderland as part of a workplace safety initiative.

The charity was nominated by OGN employee Dave Lash, of Seaham in County Durham.

This month, a £4,000 pot raised by the initiative was divided between Action on Dementia Sunderland, Guide Dogs, Bright Red and Forward Assist.

OGN’s workplace initiative has raised more than £75,000 for good causes over the last four years, most recently in partnership with Norwegian shipbuilding firm Kvaerner, one of its clients.

Workers at the Hadrian Way firm nominate worthy causes and meet every quarter to present their chosen charities with the funds raised.

Bill Laurie, general manager at the firm, said: “The team working out of Hadrian Yard have made a tremendous effort over the past four years, raising £75,000 for worthy causes in need of support.”

“We regularly receive a large amount of nominations from staff, and the scheme is very well respected and also provides a great way for us to maintain and promote our safety culture.

“Action on Dementia Sunderland is a fantastic charity that provides amazing support to people with dementia and their families living in the city.”

The charity is a voluntary organisation formed in 2010 to help dementia sufferers and their families, running a lunch club, friendship group and hospital-visiting and befriending services.

Charity chairman Ernie Thompson said: “I’d like to thank OGN for donating the money, which will be a big help.

“We have several memory cafes located around the city that offer social and peer support to people with dementia and their families.

“One of the problems people have is accessing transport to and from the cafes as even though there are several cafes, many people with the condition are unable to use public transport.

“We would like to be able to provide transport to offer a better service to people visiting the cafes, and to encourage even more people to use them and benefit from the services we offer.”