Hunterston B makes £10k end of generation donation to charities
Two Ayrshire-based charities have benefited from Hunterston B’s end of generation milestone.
North Ayrshire Foodbank and Crosshouse Children’s Fund received £2,000 each following a charity prize draw arranged to mark the station’s 46 years of operation.
The station stopped operating for the final time in January after producing enough zero carbon electricity to power every home in Scotland for 31 years.
As part of the end of generation events staff were entered into a lucky draw with a difference. Rather than the usual prizes, one name was randomly selected each day for a week and the member of staff was invited to choose a charity to receive a £2,000 donation.
In total, £10,000 has been gifted to charities. John Bell selected North Ayrshire Foodbank; John Miller asked for his donation to go to Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia; David McLelland chose Macmillan Cancer Support; Omar Al-Omari donated to The Children’s Air Ambulance and Mark McNaughton gifted the money to Crosshouse Children’s Fund.
Station Director, Joe Struthers said: “The end of generation was an important milestone for people at the site. On the day, staff were able to watch the reactor coming offline and lunch was laid on but we also wanted to do something that looked beyond the boundary fence.
“We know lots of charities have struggled over the past couple of years due to Covid-19 impacting fundraising activities so we thought this would be a fitting way to support some of our local charities while marking our event.”
Craig Crosthwaite from the North Ayrshire Foodbank said: “We would like to thank John for honouring the work we do getting food to struggling households by nominating the foodbank.
“The average cost of a food-box is £12 so this money will equate to 166 parcels. The people of North Ayrshire have been incredibly supportive over our 10 years of service and we thank Hunterston B for being part of the caring and compassionate community ensuring no household goes without food.”
The site also held a gate collection to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Ukraine. Generous staff donated £2,900, which will go towards supporting humanitarian efforts during the conflict.
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