Shell’s generous donation to Buchan charities

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BUCHAN charities received a welcome cash boost last week, thanks to St Fergus Gas Terminal employees’ safe work practices.

Oil giants Shell handed out more than £10,000 to charitable organisations from around Aberdeenshire, rewarding workers for their good safety record in 2011 by donating to local causes close to their hearts.

Beneficiaries from Peterhead and Fraserburgh were “chuffed” with their share and thanked the plant’s 280 workers during a special presentation to close the gas plant’s annual safety day at Peterhead’s Waterside Inn on Monday January 9.

Plant Installation Manager Alex Baird said employees had achieved 360 ‘go zero’ days when no first aid was required.

He said: “You should be very proud of what you have achieved in 2011. Let’s make work even safer in 2012 and generate even more money for local charities.”

The Neuk Day Centre in Fraserburgh received £3,000 which Co-Ordinator Lynda Skinner hopes will go towards outings for dementia sufferers living within the community.

She said: “We provide respite care Monday to Friday for 18 dementia sufferers still living within the community. We want to involve people and let them see that, with the right support, life goes on after dementia. We will be holding a meeting to ask residents how they would like the money to be spent. Thank you very much to the employees at Shell, and especially to Tammy Fairclough for thinking of us.”

New Fraserburgh charity Choices received £1,500 from the “pot” accumulated throughout 2011 by the plant’s workforce. The pregnancy crisis centre, which opened at The Hub in September, offers counselling and emotional support to women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Peterhead’s Heart of the Kinship received £750, which they hope will help to buy a static caravan where kinship carers can take the children in their care on holiday, while popular Anna Ritchie school pupil Jake Buchan (12) said he was “chuffed to bits” with his cheque for £1,500.

Boxer Welfare Scotland’s Lorraine Cumming said she was “gobsmacked” to receive a cheque for £500 to help rehome unwanted boxers.

She said: “This will help us hugely with kennel fees and to spay and castrate some of the dogs that come into our care. We always receive a lot of new dogs just after Christmas so this will go a long way in helping some of them find their new forever homes.” The charity was nominated by worker Andrew Mottram who adopted boxer Boa in 2009.