Tue, 10 March 2015

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance, which is building HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES in shipyards across the UK, has celebrated its best ever safety record by donating £6,000 to two cancer charities.

The amount relates to the Alliance recording over a million reportable accident-free man hours on six different occasions in 2014. Approximately 8,000 people were working on the programme last year across six different shipyards, including Rosyth, Glasgow, Portsmouth, Appledore, Merseyside and the Tyne.

Both Cancer Research UK and MacMillan Cancer Support were chosen by employees working on the ships to be recipients of the money and have each been awarded £3,000. The charities were presented with the money by operations workers in Rosyth, along with Sean Donaldson, ACA Site Operations Director.

Sean Donaldson, said: “Manufacturing and shipbuilding in particular can be a hazardous business, but as an Alliance, safety is always our first priority. We have thousands of people working across various sites across the UK, including numerous contractors; so to achieve more than a million man hours free of a reportable, on six different occasions, is fantastic.

“We are delighted to donate £6,000 to these two incredibly deserving charities. Our workers chose the charities closest to their hearts and both MacMillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK were clearly their number one choice.”

Pauline Macmillan, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “I’m delighted to accept this donation on behalf of Macmillan. We believe that no one should face cancer alone and as such provide a whole range of services for people affected by cancer. This money will do so much good for people through our nurses, doctors and support groups. We’d like to thank everyone within the Aircraft Carrier Alliance who voted for Macmillan and congratulate you all on your safety performance last year.”

Sarah Johnston, Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “Donations such as this help our scientists get closer to finding a cure by funding more clinical trials, helping to bring new cancer treatments to patients as quickly and safely as possible. Thank you to everyone in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for their support and good luck with your safety performance for 2015!”

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence.

The Queen Elizabeth Class will be the centrepiece of Britain’s defence capability for the 21st century. Each 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four-acre military operating base, which can travel up to 500 miles per day to be deployed anywhere around the world. Operating the Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II jets and a number of types of helicopter, the QE Class will be versatile enough to be used across the full spectrum of military activity from warfighting to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.


For more information, please contact:

Alan Macaskill, Aircraft Carrier Alliance 

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