Essar donates £3,000 to provide dementia support

A significant safety milestone reached at Essar Stanlow has seen a £3,000 donation made to The Alzheimer’s Society. The award recognises the recent achievement of reaching one million hours without a recordable injury at the Ellesmere Port site. The funds were raised through Essar’s ‘Let’s Give’ scheme, which links the company’s commitment to safety directly with charitable giving. Essar employees and business partners nominate a chosen charity as safety milestones are met.

David Ellis presents £3,000 donation to Alzheimer’s Society as part of Let’s Give safety initiative at Stanlow Refinery

David Ellis, employed by Essar business partner, Sarens UK Ltd, said: “I would like to thank Essar for their generous donation. I know first-hand how challenging living with dementia can be as my mother lived with vascular dementia before passing away a few years ago. It was a difficult time for all of us and the disease has so many unanswered questions still.
“The money will go to a very worthy charity to help research and support those in need of help. I am very proud to be part of a safety team initiative that can provide financial support to such a worthwhile cause.”
Linzi Stewart, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Cheshire said:
“In Cheshire and across the UK, people affected by dementia have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. From the high death rate in care homes, to the significant cognitive decline for people who live in the community, to the rising mental health challenges for unpaid carers, the pandemic has had a severe impact, while exposing our fragmented social care system for all to see.
“People affected by dementia and their families need us now more than ever. During the pandemic there has been an unprecedented demand for our services, with our DementiaConnect support line receiving over three million calls since March 2020 alone and that number is growing. The Alzheimer’s Society has been hit hard financially because of the pandemic and we are therefore delighted to receive a donation from Essar to help us deliver vital services to those in need.”