The sixth anniversary of the acquisition of Stanlow Refinery by Essar Oil UK has been recognised with a £7,500 donation from the company to the Ellesmere Port based charity Cheshire Young Carers. Employees also supported the organisation by raising an additional £1,800 through collections, a sum that will be matched by Essar and brings the total contribution to over £11,000.
Representatives of the charity attended the celebration at Stanlow, to raise awareness amongst employees and to formally receive the donation.
Cheshire Young Carers provide respite support for some of the 8,000 young carers in Cheshire. A young carer is a child who has a caring responsibility for a parent or sibling. The core aims of the charity are to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of young carers by offering respite services to support them in their caring role, to support them through education and to support them through periods of crisis.
Martin Howlett, Chairman of Cheshire Young Carers said: “The money that Essar have given us will make a huge difference to young carers in Cheshire. To put it into perspective, the donation will directly support thirty young carers for twelve months. This will support a variety of programmes, including residential breaks, and sports and educational activities.”
Alan Jones, Service Manager at Cheshire Young Carers commented: “We aim to bring childhood opportunities to young carers, so that they can have a break from the caring responsibility, putting their stresses to one side while they socialise with others. As well as this, we are always here to talk to if they need some emotional support.”
Mr. S Thangapandian, Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil UK, commented: “Every year, we invite a local charity to be our special guests at Stanlow. Cheshire Young Carers are based close to the refinery in Ellesmere Port, and offer an excellent service to young carers across Cheshire. It was our pleasure to welcome them for our Charity Day, and I am delighted that our donation and the fantastic fundraising efforts of our employees will help support the work they do.”