Forest firm scores £1,500 boost for air ambulance charity

Date: Monday 5th June 2017
Presenting a cheque to Great North Air Ambulance Service personnel are Mat Hardcastle, Emma Threlkeld, James Chamberlain and Robert Jenkinson.
Presenting a cheque to Great North Air Ambulance Service personnel are Mat Hardcastle, Emma Threlkeld, James Chamberlain and Robert Jenkinson.

THE Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which has a base near Langwathby, is £1,500 better off after A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products organised a football tournament to raise funds for the charity.

The Clifton-based firm is already planning next year’s event and 10 teams from various sectors of the group — including transport, farms, garages and numerous teams from the head office — from across the county took part this year.

The final saw a mixed male and female team from the Clifton weighbridge take on the A. W. Jenkinson property maintenance team, with the weighbridge squad taking home the trophy on the day following an impressive 2-0 win. Organisers said a great day was had by all and fortunately there were no major injuries during the tournament, with only a few grazed knees by the end of the day.

Thanks went to J. T. Atkinson’s Builders Merchants for a generous donation and to the Penrith Leisure Centre for use of two of its five-a-side pitches for an entire afternoon.

In April, A. W. Jenkinson Transport Limited, which is a separate company also owned by Allan Jenkinson, signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant — a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The firm recognises the value of all serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and their military families and the contribution they have made to their country and can make to the business.

A spokesman said: “As part of this commitment, whenever the company has a job vacancy, it will guarantee an interview to any armed forces personnel who apply, whether they are leaving service or retiring.”

Major Roly Sutton visited A.W. Jenkinson Penrith Truckstop to present an Armed Forces Covenant certificate to Dave Lindop, finance director of A. W. Jenkinson Transport Limited, and Robert Jenkinson, director.