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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Sellafield safety scheme pays off with charity boost

TEN Copeland charities have each received a boost of £4,500 thanks to a safety scheme at Sellafield.

By Lucy Grosvenor

These donations will help provide life-saving equipment and crucial community projects, and fund trips for organisations across the borough. The presentation event was held at Mayfield School in Whitehaven, one of the 10 charities chosen.

Mayfield’s head Lynne Brownrigg said: “This money gives us an opportunity to give the children the best possible chance we can. We are so grateful to Sellafield.”

Hospice at Home West Cumbria trustee Richard Stout received the donation on the charity’s behalf. He said: “We will guarantee the money will be spent in the area. It tops off an extraordinary month in which we met Prince Charles who praised our hard work.”

The money has been raised through the nuclear site’s Peer to Peer observation scheme which challenges workers to report an unsafe act and compliment good working practices. For every observation made, £1 is donated to the scheme, which has been going for three years. The charities were nominated by the site’s employees and unions.

Mark Eneas, Sellafield Ltd’s head of environmental health safety quality functions, said: “This is a celebration of success at Sellafield, but also brings about great positive changes within the community. We have had more people participating this year which means we have been able to raise more money than ever.”

Members from the Copeland Stadium Trust, in Whitehaven, said: “We’re all volunteers and rely solely on funding, we have a string of things that need doing to the stadium but haven’t been able to do it yet. Now we can.”

The Mayor of Copeland Geoff Garrity’s Fund, which is supporting Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice at Home, was picked by union members to receive £4,500 as they are charities which “are close to everyone’s hearts”.

Cash for Kids is putting its donation towards looking after more than 8,000 children in the local area, and the Egremont and District Guides’ money will send some guides to America to meet penpals they have been writing to. Representatives of Haverigg Inshore Rescue, an independent lifeboat group, said the money “meant an awful lot”.

A further donation went the Alzheimer’s Society and Home To Work Ltd, while Stuart Robb, from Gosforth and District First Responders, said: “This money will pay for 10 much-needed new two-way GPS pagers for two years. We can be on the scene quicker and help save lives.”

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