Workers at A&P Group have secured the magnificent sum of £9,000 for charity – simply by working safely on site.
Three charities will now share the benefits of the bumper bonus thanks to the efforts of everyone at the Group’s Hebburn-based ship repair yard involved in a major refit of the 9,640 tonne construction vessel, Deep Constructor.
The vessel owner, Technip, a world leader in the fields of project management, engineering and construction for the oil & gas industry, operated an innovative safety incentive scheme while the Deep Constructor underwent planned maintenance work in drydock at yard.
The company awarded points for good safety and a daily log was kept to record the scores and after five weeks of safe operations, the final tally was an amazing £9,000. A&P workers chose to donate the cash to three charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Clare’s Hospice at South Shields.
Charity representatives received a cheque for £3000 each from Iain Campbell, A&P Tyne Project Director and Bryan Fuller, Project Manager for Technip, at a presentation at the yard.
Iain Campbell said: “Safety is always paramount here but this is a great scheme as it makes everyone feel involved.
“It’s a big incentive to everyone if they know their good practice is going to benefit charities. It means they’re giving something back to the community.”
Bryan Fuller added: “Safety is a core value for Technip and we are delighted that these charities will benefit from the excellent safety performance by our supply chain partners and workforce throughout this dry dock project.”
“The scheme helps us to build a good relationship with the yard and the local community – and the project was completed safely, which is a great result for the team.
Vanessa Mustardwhite, corporate fundraiser for St Clare’s Hospice, said: “It’s lovely that the A&P employees thought of us. Our annual costs are £1.8million and with the VAT rise and rent increase those costs have just gone up by £50,000, so this money is especially welcome. “It’s a real boost and very much appreciated.”
Sarah Goldie (corr), fund-raising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. This cheque will really make a difference to those whose lives are affected by cancer. It was a lovely surprise and it was great to come here and see all the employees who contributed to raising the money.”
Anna Kirk of Marie Curie Cancer Care added: “It’s a wonderful way to have raised the money, by looking after their own health and safety. We’re always looking to keep funds coming in and doing it this way, through the workforce, was really fantastic.”