Easter; for some it’s a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and for others it’s an excuse to indulge in chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. In my house it’s all about the Easter Bunny and a frantic search by my two young children to seek out sweet treats while solving hidden clues.
Here at British Steel Easter has taken on a new meaning for us this year as we celebrate the work of our two Community Partners with a range of fundraising activities across a number of our sites in the UK.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe and the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) in the North East of England are both pretty special to us. Many of our employees here in Scunthorpe have first-hand experience of the care and dedication offered by the hospice to patients with progressive life-limiting illnesses. And in the North East of the country there’s rarely a day that goes by when the critical care helicopter isn’t flying over the skies near our Teesside and Skinningrove operations saving lives and transporting people to hospital for emergency treatment.
So with this in mind it’s no surprise colleagues have once again rallied around to support these incredible charities with chocolate-themed challenges and children’s competitions. So far more than £1,300 has come in and collection buckets are still being emptied over the coming days as we count the pennies to come up with a grand total.
Easter and spring can often breathe new life into our daily routines after endless months of cold weather and long dark nights, as well as the hope of a somewhat distant warm summer.
But while Easter brings to mind new beginnings for some of us, others are tragically witnessing the painful deterioration of loved ones battling terminal illness. Fortunately they can take some comfort from knowing their friend or relative is being taken care of in a comfortable home-from-home environment by professional and compassionate medical experts.
Others may be hoping for a quick recovery for a friend or relative who suffered a cardiac arrest in a remote part of the country inaccessible to traditional modes of emergency transport. Only last weekend the GNAA team responded in a single day to two motorcycle incidents and two reports of people becoming seriously ill in remote locations. All four patients were successfully transported to hospitals in a fraction of the time it would take to reach them by road.
As a business our primary focus is to safely make high quality steel that supports the needs of our global customers. But we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the communities in which we operate and the thousands of highly-skilled employees who have made us who we are today.
So while we tuck into our chocolate eggs we also celebrate what’s great about these communities and we give back to the people who have cared for our loved ones in their hour of need.
Find out more about our Community Partners and the outstanding work they do: