Contractor teams support charities

Supporting the local communities impacted by our works

As construction work continues across the project, our teams are seeking ways to support the local communities where we’re based.

The Siemens and BAM Nuttall teams working to build Sandford substation have set up a regular monthly collection for Banwell foodbank. This is part of Weston foodbank, which is operated by the Trussell Trust network.

“We’re working with the local parish council to support the Banwell foodbank,” said Graham Finnie, Siemens Site Manager. “We’re always on the look-out for ways to support the local community we are working in and with lockdown restrictions starting to lift, we hope we can do even more in the future.”

Meanwhile, teams based at Tarnock compound, from where the construction of a large section of the Hinkley Connection overhead line and the underground cable across the Mendips Hills is coordinated, have also been busy.

Balfour Beatty’s Kelle Hebron arranges regular donations to a local homeless charity, Somewhere to Go. This includes donations of pot noodles, toiletries, cereal, tinned vegetables and toilet paper, which are always on the ‘wanted’ list.

Tarnock was also the base for a charity bike ride, where the overhead lines team challenged the cables team to a ‘race’. Forty-five team members participated and a total of 775.2 km was covered, the equivalent of cycling from the Tarnock compound to Dundee.  The ride raised £1,100 for Weston Hospicecare and a second challenge is already being planned.

National Grid and colleagues from J Murphy and Sons have said thank you to residents in Nailsea for their patience during recent street works by boosting supplies at two local foodbanks with a collection and fundraising for a Big Lent Shop.