POWER station bosses have marked one of the biggest milestones in their history with a huge donation to a Hartlepool charity.
Officials from the town’s nuclear power station have handed over £10,000 to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
The gesture was made mark the 30th anniversary of the site first starting to produce low carbon power, as well as the power station enjoying an injury-free year.
Station director Simon Parsons said: “This is a fantastic achievement and something Team Hartlepool is very proud of.”
He said the team at the station works hard to “look after each other” and the injury-free year was achieved by the site continually working to look for further improvements.
To mark the anniversaries, the station and its contract partners - Capes, Doosan Babcock, Balfour Beatty Workplace Solutions and Cavendish Nuclear - made the donation to the hospice which plans to use the money to support its specialist nurse team leaders.
Mr Parsons said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their continued efforts in keeping the health and wellbeing of our people a priority. It is great that we can mark these milestones by supporting the tremendous work that the hospice carries out.”
The power station achieved 1,000 days last year without an incident where time was lost.
The hospice, in Wells Avenue, offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year. Patients can be living with illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.
It costs £2.3m to continue providing the current services. The hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1.7m must be raised through community and other fundraising initiatives.
Corporate fundraiser Carol Sennett said: “I would like to thank EDF Energy and their contract partners for this magnificent donation. We were overwhelmed with such a contribution, which will help us maintain the valuable services we provide to our local community.
“The continued support of EDF means so much to our charity and they are making a very real difference to the lives of local people.”