Sembmarine SLP donate £18k to local charities
– 31st October 2017
On Friday 27th October Sembmarine SLP Ltd held their latest Safety Observation Scheme (SOS) charity awards where cheques amounting to £18,000 were given to 14 charities.
The charitable donations are made possible through SOS scheme which encourages employees, contractors and visitors to keep safety conscious and actively look out for unsafe acts or conditions and also positive activities and to take action to prevent accidents and incidents occurring. In return SLP contribute to a charity fund as a reward for safe working. SLP clients are also encouraged to contribute and Maersk Oil UK (MOUK), whose Power Generation Module and two bridge links SLP are currently constructing for the Culzean Field Development, have been supporting SLP to top up the fund.
The awards, which took place at the Orbis Centre in Lowestoft, were attended by representatives of the charities, members of SLP staff and representatives from MOUK.
SLP employees, subcontractors and clients were asked to nominate local charities or causes which they wanted to see benefit from the scheme. The charities chosen included:
- Waveney Sailability, a charity which enables people with disabilities to enjoy sailing.
- Baby Basics, a project which aims to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burdens of looking after a new baby.
- Ambers Smile, supporting 7-year-old Amber, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour earlier this year, and her family as she undergoes various courses of treatment.
- Hannah Coffill, an 18-year-old who, as a result of a brain tumour on her optic nerves, is blind and in need of special care.
- Foxy Lodge Animal and Wildlife Rescue, a charity set up in 2008 by husband and wife team John and Tonia who rescue over 900 wildlife casualties a year in their small centre.
Paul Thomson, Sembmarine SLP Managing Director, said: “It is always a great pleasure to be able to support the community and some very worthy causes especially as the funds have been raised as an incentive to promote a safer working environment on our Lowestoft site. The recipients of the funds are truly inspirational in the dedicated support they provide to their families and friends in times of need or to the wider community providing services and help to the benefit of us all – we will draw on this inspiration to continue to improve our safety culture and increase our SOS funds to benefit more worthy causes in the future”.
Laurence Fraser, Maersk Oil UK Construction Superintendent, said: “The charities chosen gain from the donations through workforce nominations and deservedly so, onsite we all gain with an improved safety culture and safer working environments enabling us all to return safely to our families at the end of each working shift. Ultimately, we are all winners both offsite and onsite because of the SOS initiative.”
The latest awards ceremony brings SLP’s charitable donations to over £360,000.
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