A scheme encouraging safe working conditions in an engineering company has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Staff at Wallsend-based OGN Group have been donating funds from their Safety Incentive Scheme, which rewards staff for working safely.
And receiving a share of more than £5,000 are the Newcastle-based Great North Children’s Hospital, Hartlepool & District Hospice and 14-year-old Ewan Barry, from South Shields.
The safety incentive scheme operated by OGN and client Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited, is based upon the safety performance achieved by the workforce on the Montrose Area Redevelopment Jacket project.
David Edwards, chief executive officer at OGN, said: “The charity element of the scheme has made staff more determined than ever to maintain a safe working environment.
“The opportunity to select the causes that receive the funds is also a great motivator and we always get plenty of suggestions for recipients.
“It is great to hear how the funds raised from the Safety Incentive Scheme will make a difference and look forward to helping many more causes and individuals in the future.”
OGN Group is an engineering, procurement and construction specialist based on the banks of the River Tyne.
The money donated to The Great North Children’s Hospital is part of a fundraising effort by the family of Maya Sehgal, a two-year-old diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in December 2012.
Her family have been raising money to buy specialist machinery for the hospital where she is receiving treatment.
Hartlepool and District Hospice ensures people affected by life-limiting illness or the death of a loved one have the care, comfort and support they need.
Ewan suffers from Friedrich’s Ataxia, which causes progressive damage to the nervous system. The 14-year-old has also been diagnosed with a heart muscle disorder and scoliosis, causing his spine to curve. His condition is deteriorating and donations to Ewan will help provide multi-sensory equipment.