Westlakes Science & Technology Park residents wow with generosity in Easter egg campaign
11th April 2017: Westlakes Science & Technology Park residents have donated 391 chocolate Easter eggs as part of a drive to provide eggs to children who will be in hospital in Cumbria this Easter.
Enough eggs were collected to meet the needs of both West Cumberland Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary, so it was agreed with the hospitals and North Lakes Foodbank that the surplus would go to the Foodbank serving West Cumbria for distribution.
Tenants and residents at Westlakes Science and Technology Park, which is owned and operated by Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC), were asked to drop off Easter eggs for wider donation at BEC reception in the weeks leading up to the holiday.
“The response has been overwhelming,” commented BEC’s Operations and Stakeholder Manager Kate Garratt. “When we started we thought we might get about 50 or so. After the first count the day before the deadline last Friday, we had reached 110 and we were so proud; but a final call for donations more than tripled the total and we were able to bring the Foodbank into the campaign too. We hope every Easter egg donated brings some cheer next week and are so thankful to those across the park for being so generous – it’s kindness like this that really shows the strength of our community.”
The campaign has been managed across the Westlakes site by Facilities Services Co-Ordinator Andrea Bird and her front line team. Businesses from across the park donated, with especially large collections from Nuvia, Jacobs and Unite the Union.
Paul Whitehead, clinical director for paediatrics at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The children will be overjoyed by the number of Easter eggs donated and we would like to thank everyone who contributed for their kind gesture.
“Being in hospital at this time of the year is difficult for youngsters and this will certainly bring a smile to their faces.”
Facilities Services Coordinator, Andrea Bird (right) and Facilities Services Officer, Yvonne Burney (left) with some of the generous donations.