Northern Powergrid, the company which keeps the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has donated some £10,000 to charity as part of its annual Safety Champion competition which encourages and rewards safe working practices amongst its teams.
Employees from the electricity distributor split into teams to take part in the competition which recognises, reinforces and encourages attitudes and behaviours that directly contribute to improving health and safety performance for the business, while raising money for their chosen charity.
The performance of each team is measured using a points system, based on accident performance, near miss events, driving incidents and other safety measures that the company routinely captures. The three teams with the lowest number of points win prizes for their nominated charities with Northern Powergrid donating a total of £10,000 to their chosen charities.
The winning team, made up of 40 people from Northern Powergrid's Logistics department, was awarded £5,000 of the £10,000 charitable pot. The team split the money between two charities – the Barnsley Hospice and Neoangels, with both charities having touched the lives of members of the team.
Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: "Everyone at Barnsley Hospice is thankful for Northern Powergrid's incredible donation of £2,500, received on behalf of the winners of their safety competition. We'd like to congratulate them and offer our appreciation for choosing us for such a generous donation."
Sue Bridel, CEO at Neoangels, said: “On behalf of the charity, our families and the neonatal wards at James Cook and North Tees Hospitals can I say huge congratulations to the Northern Powergrid Logistics department on winning their award. Their kind donation ensures Neoangels will be able to honour all requests for family financial assistance for the next three months."
The second and third placed teams both donated their £3,000 and £2,000 prizes to the British Heart Foundation, a charity close to many of the team, with one team donating in memory of Northern Powergrid employee, John Matthews, who passed away two years ago.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid's director of health safety and environment, said: "We’re proud to be able to encourage the highest level of safety performance amongst our teams whilst supporting good causes.
"We invest significantly in our health and safety management systems to keep our people safe and manage the risks associated with operating the electricity distribution network which delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the region. However safety is not just about procedural and technological improvements, it's also about behavioural changes which develop a positive, cooperative and forward thinking approach for colleagues and the Safety Champion competition helps bring focus for our employees."