In The Community
Fairbridge Princes Trust
For over three years, Cammell Laird has been supporting the youth charity Fairbridge, which became part of the Princes Trust in 2011. The company Chief Executive John Syvret sits on the Merseyside fundraising committee chaired by Sir Michael Bibby managing director of Bibby Line Group Limited.
Zero to Hero. Cammell Laird’s apprentices have taken part in the annual Zero to Hero challenge on Merseyside since 2009. Zero to Hero sees major corporate organisations compete to turn £500 into at least £5,000 by forming a business idea. The team which raises the most wins. Initially, the teams are grilled by a Dragons Den panel which includes Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret and Sir Michael Bibby; they are then charged with raising the cash in what is seen as a brilliant exercise for teaching entrepreneurial skills. Cammell Laird apprentices have won the challenge three years in a row, by raising most cash through their sponsored ‘Cammell Laird’ calendar. In total, Cammell Laird and its apprentices have raised more than £90,000 through Zero to Hero.
Spirit of Fairbridge. In addition to Zero to Hero, Cammell Laird has also volunteered in the refit and maintenance of Fairbridge’s tall ship, Spirit of Fairbridge, between 2002 and 2014 (the ship has since been donated to a Falmouth based charity called Turn to Starboard and has been renamed Spirit of Falmouth). The ship has been a key element of Fairbridge’s work; being used to take young people on sailing trips around the UK, where they worked as crew to build their confidence and develop their team building skills.
In 2013, Cammell Laird apprentices unveiled a beautiful sculpture they had made of the Spirit of Fairbridge. The sculpture was auctioned off in March 2013 in aid of the charity.
Childrens hospice Christmas appeal
Each Christmas, workers, management and subcontractors at Cammell Laird have joined forces to raise money for local children’s hospices.
Over the last ten years or so many thousands of pounds have been raised for the charities; the company’s 2012 appeal raised more than £12,000 and cheques for £6,000 each were presented to Claire House Children’s, Hospice Zoe’s, Place Baby Hospice. In total, the Cammell Laird workforce and subcontractors managed to collect over £7000 during the Christmas period, which was made up to £12000 by Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret on behalf of the company.
Cammell Laird spokesperson Joanne Bird said the whole company had thrown its weight behind the fundraising effort.
“The initiative started with a group of shipwrights donating their lottery winnings and has escalated to the whole workforce and subcontractors raising funds. The Christmas appeal shows the generous side of Cammell Laird workers, sub contractors and management. Claire House and Zoe’s Place are two very important and worthwhile causes.”