Martin Welch - winner of a community champion award
15 Mar 2019

A decade of fighting crime for Martin

Martin Welch, Compliance Manager Internal Logistics, has been awarded a £200 Community Champion award for his 10 years of volunteering for CrimeStoppers – an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime anonymously. 

Martin, who is now Chairman of the Humberside CrimeStoppers board, said: “I feel really proud to have received this award, in recognition of the hard work and support the CrimeStoppers team and I have given to the community.

“Throughout my 10 years of volunteering, I have been involved in and co-ordinated many special projects, including campaigns on drink-driving, domestic violence and crimes against vulnerable adults and children. The money donated by British Steel will help us carry on with projects like these and means we can continue keeping the communities we live and work in safe.

“Our next projects include tackling knife crime, rural crime and the sexual exploitation of the vulnerable. To get these off the ground and raise awareness within the community, we need a significant amount of literature producing and printing, so the Community Champion award will help cover these costs. I’d like to say a big thank you to British Steel for the support.” 

To find out more about Martin’s role and how CrimeStoppers can help you, read Martin’s blog here.

British Steel Community Champion awards give our colleagues who volunteer in their local community an opportunity to apply for up to £200 to support their organisation. This is part of our wider Building Stronger Communities Programme, which provides support to charities and non-profit organisations to help support the economic and social wellbeing of the areas in which we operate. For information about our Building Stronger Communities programme click here


How you or a business you know can help CrimeStoppers…

Project Yali is a joint initiative between CrimeStoppers and Humber Region Ports, aiming to reduce the amount of crime coming into and out of our ports.

It involves giving port-based haulage companies an anonymous way to report any unusual activity or behaviour believed or suspected to be linked to acts of terrorism or organised crime. Since its launch, there's been an increase in the number of crimes reported by the haulage community to CrimeStoppers and the Humberside Police. 

CrimeStoppers Humberside has financially supported Project Yali for several years, contributing to rewards for information and merchandise such as branded drinking mugs, keyrings, carrier bags and posters. This year, while CrimeStoppers Humberside will provide some funds, it's no longer able to cover all the associated costs due to price increases of these materials.

If you'd like to make a donation to help Project Yali, or know a business that would, please contact Martin on martin.welch@britishsteel.co.uk or +44 (0)7775 817059. Anything you can spare is very much appreciated and all donations will help enormously in making sure the ports remain safe places to do business.