The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is supporting the Salvation Army in Shipley with a special kitchen contribution.
NGN is carrying out a 25 week project to upgrade ageing metal gas mains in the area with modern plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers for years to come.
The essential works are taking place on Leeds Road and Thackley Old Road, near the Salvation Army church on Rhodes Place.
The project, which has been registered as a Considerate Constructors Scheme, will be monitored on the measures put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment.
NGN’s team of Customer Care Officers and engineers have been visiting local community groups and schools in the area to participate in education and charity work. After speaking to Major Mike Harris at the Salvation Army church, they learned they could make a small difference in the day-to-day managing of kitchen resources.
The church’s chest freezer was reaching the end of its life, so NGN’s Customer Care Officers Amy Waites and Sully Lorgat arranged with colleagues at Caecillian, the small engineering firm that carry out essential gas mains replacement work on behalf of NGN in the Leeds area, for a new chest freezer to be delivered by support drivers Colin McNulty and Richard Wilson.
Major Mike Harris, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army in Shipley, said: “Like many churches and charities we face a constant struggle trying to balance needs with available resources. There’s always something that needs replacing or updating and so we have learned to prioritise.
“The backroom stuff like fridges and freezers get relegated to the bottom of the list but there comes a point where they really are no longer adequate for the job. And that old freezer was definitely past its best-before date. If lots of companies undertook this sort of scheme, it would cause quite a transformation.”
NGN’s Customer Care officer Amy Waites said: “Our customers are extremely important to us, so we were delighted to be able to help the Salvation Army in this way and support the fantastic work they do with the homeless and family groups here in Shipley.”
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