Having fun was their business

Participants in the Christmas fun day at the Caterpillar Learning Centre of Light
Participants in the Christmas fun day at the Caterpillar Learning Centre of Light

BUSINESSES teamed up to raise cash for two charities.

Caterpillar, in Peterlee, joined other east Durham businesses to help raise money for the SAFC Foundation and the Bracken Hill Project in a festive fundraiser.

Representatives from businesses across the former Easington district enjoyed a day working in the Simulated Work Environment (SWE) at Caterpillar’s Peterlee plant alongside members of the SAFC Foundation Aim High team who are based at the site.

The SWE was opened in 2009 by HRH Countess of Wessex and is used to help improve teamwork, develop communication skills, increase health and safety awareness and promote continuous improvement.

The state-of-the-art facility is a production line for model trucks, with the groups being set a variety of tasks by members of the Caterpillar learning team.

Representatives from Computer First, NESEP, Propeller UK, Ranstad, Profound Solutions, Seawards Group, Trumpf, East Durham Engineering Forum, and the East Durham Employability Trust all donated money to both charities to take part in the festive event.

SAFC Foundation, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, have a team based at the Peterlee plant delivering education, sport and community development programmes.

Carl Robb, North-East training manager at Caterpillar, said: “We wanted to do something that involved the local business community in raising money for charity that was not only fun, but also provided a real benefit to the individuals taking part.

“As a business, Caterpillar are committed to the local community and our continuing work with SAFC Foundation and the Bracken Hill Project is a reflection of that.”

John Fothergill, SAFC Foundation Aim High project manager, added: “Caterpillar were one of SAFC Foundation’s first corporate donors and their support over the last decade has been invaluable to the work we do in the region.

“We’re delighted that they have taken the initiative to organise the Christmas fun day and hope that those who take part have a fantastic day.”

Caterpillar also organised a staff raffle, with prizes donated by SAFC Foundation, Caterpillar and workers, with money raised also being donated to the two charities.