The sale of scrap metal from SABIC’s Olefins and Ethylene plants on Teesside has resulted in a £10,000 charity donation.
The company sets aside cash from the sale of scrap metal from the two Wilton plants, with staff choosing which local charities to support.
The scrap metal fund has now raised £80,000 since SABIC began operating on Teesside 10 years ago.
As part of the scrap metal fund, SABIC staff nominated £1,000 donations to the Down’s Syndrome Association, Diamond Blackfan Anaemia UK, Cleveland Alzheimer’s Association, Butterwick Hospice, the Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
Donations of £500 were made to Loftus Cricket Club, Burlam Road Detachment Army Cadets, Redcar Rugby Club Junior Section, Great Ayton Under-11s cricket team and Runswick Bay RNLI.
Receiving £300 each were Redcar Town Girls’ Football Club, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Redcar Sacred Heart Academy, Hope Animal Sanctuary and Maxi’s Mates Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Scrap metal fund committee member John McCarthy, a process technician on the Olefins plant, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support organisations and local charities that are close to the hearts of our employees in this way.
“We try to share the funds around, as there are so many worthy causes. It is great that we are able to make such a difference through the sale of scrap metal.”
The fund enabled three brothers employed by the Teesside chemical firm to give £1,000 in thanks to the Down’s Syndrome Association for lifelong support to brother Chris McCarten.
Chris, 28, who has Down’s Syndrome, is now living independently in Middlesbrough thanks to the ongoing support of the Association and Mencap.
His brothers James, Matty and Danny Ruse, who all work on SABIC’s Olefins plant, arranged for the £1,000 donation in recognition of the charity’s lifelong support for Chris and his family.
James, who also has another brother Andy, who works for Johnson Matthey, said choosing the Down’s Syndrome Association was an easy choice for the three brothers, saying: “Being able to nominate the Association as our chosen charity was brilliant.
“The support they have given to us, and families like us, has been amazing, so it was nice to be able to give a little back and to say thank you.”
The Association helps people with Down’s Syndrome to live full and rewarding lives, and Chris’s mum Karen believes it has played a crucial role not just for her son but the entire family.
Along with around 1,000 staff and contractors employed on its Teesside sites, thousands more local jobs are reliant on SABIC within the wider supply chain, bringing some £400 million into the economy from payroll, utilities, goods and services.
SABIC operates a world-scale Olefins ‘cracker’, producing Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene and gasoline products.
The firm’s LDPE plant at Wilton, producing Low Density Polyethylene, is the world’s biggest of its type. The LDPE forms the building blocks to plastic packaging used in everything from food to electrical goods.
• Pictured (above): SABIC employees Matty (left), Danny (back centre) and James Ruse nominated the Down’s Syndrome Association for a £1,000 donation to thank them for the support the charity has given to brother Chris McCarten.