By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Falck Safety Services – the offshore survival training firm – has raised more than £5,000 for its chosen charity of the year, the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).
Falck has 32 training centres across the world, including two UK centres in Teesside and Aberdeen. The company participated in various fundraising initiatives throughout the year, including a sponsored ‘helicopter underwater escape training’ dunk in its state-of-the-art helicopter simulator facilities, which challenged 14 clients and employees from Falck to switch roles and undertake two escape runs in the helicopter.
The team at Teesside, which handed over the cheque to TCAA last week, managed to more than double the original target of £2000 by hosting bake sales, a race night, football and Christmas raffles, dress-down days, individual challenges and received donations from training delegates and clients.
Niel Rennie, Finance Director, Falck Safety Services UK, said: “At the start of 2014, Falck selected the air ambulance as our nominated charity and over the year we have participated in various fundraising activities to raise as much as we can.
“TCAA is the only dedicated helicopter transfer to cover the whole of the UK and does not receive any government funding so it is reliant on public donations and support from the local community and it is great that Falck can support this vital service. It has also been a fantastic way to bring the team together and boost staff morale as most events were completed as a group.”
TCAA is the first and only dedicated national helicopter emergency transfer service for critically ill children and babies across the whole of the UK.
Sophie Burt, National Partnerships Manager for the north, TCAA, said: “It was great to meet the team at Falck and thank them in person for all their hard work raising such a fantastic sum of money. As we receive no government funding and each transfer costs approximately £2,800, generous donations like these really do keep hope alive for our young patients.”
Falck Safety Services, which globally delivers over 200 safety and survival training courses to more than 340,000 people each year, has a strong focus on the local community regularly working with the local food banks and mobile kitchens in the area, as well as the Billingham Legacy Foundation on various initiatives including, back to work schemes.