Shutdown fuels a charity boost

From left Francis McAllister of Hartlepool & District Hospice, Lee Arnold,  Carol Sennett, Dave Doherty, Fred Chapman and Kevin Stephenson
From left Francis McAllister of Hartlepool & District Hospice, Lee Arnold, Carol Sennett, Dave Doherty, Fred Chapman and Kevin Stephenson
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POWER station staff proved themselves to be heroes when they used a shutdown as their chance to raise money for two worthy causes.

Shift staff at Hartlepool Power Station held a collection during the site’s recent shutdown for maintenance work.

They sprang into action to gather cash for Help for Heroes and Hartlepool & District Hospice, and 35 of them joined the cause.

The workers raised £3,185 and told of plans to do the same again during the next shutdown.

Fred Chapman, of B shift fuel route operations, said: “The 35 of us involved unanimously agreed that this money should go to charity. We polled the guys and Help for Heroes and the hospice came out as the top two.

“Everyone sees injured soldiers on the television so that was an easy choice, especially as we have a number of ex-military personnel on site.

“And then when we looked at a local charity that was also easy as many people have links with the hospice.”

The site already has strong links with Hartlepool & District hospice because the station is a founder member of the guild of patrons.

Carol Sennett, corporate fund-raiser of the hospice, collected the money and also met Fred and some of the team.

Fred said: “We will definitely look at doing this again, perhaps during the 2013 outage. It was such a popular fund-raiser this time that people who weren’t even involved with our group chipped in.”

The power station is owned by EDF Energy which is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity.

It produces around one-sixth of the nation’s electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants.

The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.