Essar Stanlow safety record benefits Wrexham Charity

A major safety achievement at Stanlow Refinery saw a £3,000 donation to a North Wales charity last week. The Let’s Give programme links safety milestones and charitable giving, with nominations made by employees who have had personal involvement with the organisation.

To commemorate the safety landmark of one million hours without a Recordable Injury at Stanlow, Short Term Economics Manager Dave Edge nominated the Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.

Dave selected Nightingale House in honour of his father Henry Edge who passed away at the Hospice in 2014. Henry was a well-known figure in the North Wales community having been a member of the world-famous, Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir. With a combined age of 4,000, the choir were dubbed the oldest boy band in the world. In his time with them, Henry sung with Pavarotti, recorded albums with one of the world's biggest record labels and won the BBC Culture Show "Busking Challenge" by collecting £450 on the streets of Chester.

Speaking about the donation choice, Dave Edge said: “I nominated Nightingale House because of the care they gave my father (Henry Edge), and the support they provided for our family leading up to his death there in February 2014. My father was only there for a short while, but in that time it was clear for us to see sensitive way this care was given.

“My father sang for many years with the Froncysyllte male voice choir, and the choir had helped to raise money for Nightingale house – it was a cause which he was happy to support as well. After my father’s death, they also provided excellent follow up bereavement support, which was really appreciated. I and my family are therefore very happy to support Nightingale house.”

Steve Parry, CEO of Nightingale House said: “This programme which is inspiring refinery employees at Stanlow to link safety performance to charitable giving is a fantastic idea. We are delighted that Nightingale House was chosen as their latest charity and we would like to say a huge thank you to Dave Edge for the nomination.

“This year alone, it will cost almost £7,700 per day to run our Hospice and it is because of initiatives like this that we can continue to provide our specialist care. We are very grateful to all the team at Stanlow.”