Barrow Community Groups Benefit from Safe Site Working

KMI has worked more than 100,000 hours on the Barrow WwTW project without anyone being hurt - a feat which has earned them a £1,750 cash payout from the project coffers to share with as many community groups as they like.

The site staff were consulted and so far five charities have been chosen to benefit from £250 donations. Last month the Little Stars pre-school nursery and Barrow Celtic Juniors received awards; this month the teamhas have presented another three cheques to the Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group, Hindpool Tigers ARLFC and Holker Old Boys Under-7s football team, all based in Barrow-in-Furness.

The Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group, run by Joanne Bennett, is part of The Legacy Rainbow House which provides much needed support to children with brain injuries, multiple disabilities and complex health needs, as well as their families.

KMI site manager at Barrow, Eleanor McFarlane said, "One of our staff Clive Moffatt suggested Joanne and The Legacy group for the £250 reward once we hit the safety milestone.

Clive had seen firsthand the hard work put in by Joanne and the group to support children with disabilities such as her own son Jack’s quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Although it’s not a huge amount of money we’re really pleased we can still help the group provide support to children with disabilities.”

Steel-fixer and Hindpool Tigers committee member Ken Rickleton suggested the Rugby League club as a benefactor to the reward once the safety milestone was hit.

Eleanor said “We’re only too pleased to help the Tigers out, as Ken and the rest of the committee put a lot of hard work into running the club.”

Holker Old Boys Under-7’s football team also benefitted from a £250 boost. United Utilities Asset Integration manager at Barrow and coach of the junior football team, Dave Stephenson suggested his junior football club as a beneficiary to the £250 reward made available as a result of the site team’s achievement in hours worked without a reportable incident.

Dave Stephenson said: "I’d like to thank the project team for their generous donation; this will enable us to buy more balls, bibs and goals ready for next season when the lads will be playing Under 8's football.”

United Utilities Wastewater treatment manager at Barrow, Martin Chapman said: "The work KMI is doing for us here at Barrow is already reaping dividends for the environment, by helping prevent storm overflows into the sea. We're thrilled their engineers are donating the bonuses they've got for working safely so that people living near the site can benefit too.”

The Barrow project, which commenced in late 2011, has recently achieved Agreement to Operate.

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