South Shields waste disposal team’s safety record helps boost charity

Waste disposal manager Julie Maguire presents a cheque to Deborah Roberts
Waste disposal manager Julie Maguire presents a cheque to Deborah Roberts

Workers who put safety first at a waste disposal plant have helped boost the coffers of a South Tyneside-based cancer charity.

A cheque for £1,256 has been presented to Cancer Connections following a year of the South Shields-based waste disposal team at Biffa not losing time through accidents.

We really appreciate the donation

Deborah Roberts

Depot manager Julie Maguire said: “Biffa’s waste disposal team based at South Shields were proud to present a cheque to their locally-chosen charity Cancer Connections.

“We are proud to be associated with Cancer Connections. It is such a worthy charity, its support of cancer patients and their families is needed within the community.

“The charity does a great job of giving various advice, practical help and care for people when they most need it, and we are happy to support.”

The money was raised through a scheme which allocates cash each month the depot which goes without a lost-time accident.

The cash is built up over the year and presented to the team’s chosen charity.

Ms Maguire added: “I’m proud of Biffa’s health and safety record, and by demonstrating safe behaviours, working safely and ensuring our workforce are injury-free, we are able to donate to such a great charity.”

Cancer Connections, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields, provides support and advice to people diagnosed with cancer and their families. It relies heavily on donations.

Co-founder and manager Deborah Roberts said: “We are delighted Biffa still continue to support Cancer Connections.

“We really appreciate the donation, which will go to supporting cancer patients in this area.”