Supporting local people during lockdown

Like many others, Hinkley Point C has been using its resources to help the local community during the pandemic. Here are a few examples of team members’ efforts in action.

Food for frontline workers

Somerset Larder, catering provider at Hinkley Point C, has been preparing and distributing 600 meals a day to local NHS workers. Chefs at the Bridgwater catering consortium have been supplying facilities, such as mental health units, community hospitals and care homes.

Annie Maw, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, expressed her gratitude with a personal letter: “As Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, I represent the Royal Family across the county. However, I also represent the people of Somerset. I would therefore like to very sincerely offer you a profound thank you for what you have done and continue to do. It is a magnificent response to the difficulties currently being faced.” 

Workers' fundraising efforts 

Across the project, workers have been raising funds. For example, married couple and G4S Security Officers Joanne and Clair Tynan raised £3,235 for the Barts Health NHS Trust group of hospitals when they completed a hair shave via a live Facebook broadcast, and the Bylor Nuclear Island team has donated £2,000 to the NHS.

Donations of Supplies

Schools, care homes and food banks have been among those benefitting from thousands of essential donations, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing-related signage. The project has donated supplies across Somerset and the South West.

Cannington C of E Primary School Headteacher Claire Nurse said: “On behalf of our school community I would like to say a massive and heartfelt thank you to you for the amazing delivery of hand sanitiser and PPE, these donations are wonderful!”

Supporting the homeless

In the early stages of construction, EDF awarded £12,500 to the Beach Hotel in Minehead. During the lockdown, the hotel gave 26 local homeless people a safe place to self-isolate. A new kitchen space was created to ensure the 26 new residents at the hotel receive three meals a day, prepared and distributed by the YMCA catering team. 

Many other organisations who have also received EDF funding have adapted to new ways of working to continue to support local people, demonstrating the lasting legacy these funds provide.