Essar Oil’s decision to renew all safety helmets at its Stanlow refinery has provided a financial boost for a primary school.
Stanlow’s new owners, who recently purchased the site from Shell UK, promised to make a local community donation of £5 for every helmet exchanged for a new Essar-branded model to encourage employees to make the swap.
Their response to the Great Hat Swap was so good that Essar was able to donate £3,700 towards Elton Primary School’s funds.
Head teacher Sue Moorcroft was thrilled by the surprise donation.
She said: “This is a fantastic gesture by Essar. The school has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Stanlow over the years but Essar’s gift, coming so soon after the company’s arrival in this community, ushers in a new era and a new partnership for the future.
“My grateful thanks, on behalf of the whole school, to the Essar employees who made this possible.”
Ms Moorcroft said half of the Stanlow donation would go towards refreshing playground equipment, and the balance toward the purchase of iPads to help with IT learning.
News of the Essar donation was passed to the school by Stanlow’s recently-retired senior mechanical engineer Alex Jones, who has been on the school’s board of governors for the past 11 years.
Alex, who vacates his chairmanship of the governors’ board this summer following his retirement from Stanlow, said: “It’s great to see that the school’s relationship with the refinery is set to continue.
“The timing of the donation, which was an extremely generous one, could not have been better for me. It’s the culmination of my lengthy involvement with the school.”