The generous staff at international oil and gas company, Maersk Oil, have kindly donated more than £40,000 to our charity.
Employees of Maersk Oil rose to the challenge after the company made Cornerstone its Charity of the Year for two years running, 2011-2012. A number have undertaken a range of exciting and, at times, dangerous, activities to raise money, including competing in the gruelling Marathon des Sables and climbing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
Other fundraising events include competing in a corporate decathlon, mobile phone re-cycling, collecting cans and supporting the annual Cornerstone fundraising dinner.
Bryan Wilson, Senior Legal Counsel at Maersk, raised £8,000 when he competed in last year’s Marathon des Sables, otherwise known as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’. He joined competitors from all over the world to complete the six-day, 251km ultra-marathon, which takes place in the Sahara desert. The money he raised was matched by Maersk.
Last September, offshore Operations Co-ordinator Owen Brandie climbed Mont Blanc in the French Alps, with a team of other climbers, and raised a further £4,000.
Geoscientist Duncan Chedburn, who is in charge of Maersk’s Sports and Social Committee, presented a cheque for £28,000 to our Chief Executive Edel Harris on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 11am. Cornerstone has already received another £12,000 directly.
Duncan said: “The staff at Maersk have thoroughly enjoyed working with Cornerstone over the past two years, and we are delighted to be able to present them with £28,000.
“Everyone was very inspired to do all they could to raise funds, and they have certainly pulled out all the stops with some of the challenges they have undertaken.”
Edel said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Maersk Oil for all their hard work and generosity,” she said.
“We have been amazed and overwhelmed at the lengths some of them have gone to to raise funds for Cornerstone. The money will go a long way to improving the services we can offer the people we support.”