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North East charities to share in thousands of pounds of donations from pioneering offshore wind farm health and safety initiative

The team behind the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project is to distribute thousands of pounds to North East charities as part of a pioneering health and safety initiative for staff and contractors working on the early-stage floating offshore wind farm proposal. 

A four-month campaign of geophysical and environmental site investigations for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm completed at the end of August, with a wind farm area equating to approximately 200km2 in addition to an offshore export cable corridor area of 100km2 surveyed. 

During the campaign period, the joint venture partners behind the project, Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall, undertook a pioneering initiative to encourage a proactive safety culture across all operations which saw £1,000 for every month of the campaign donated to local charities supporting communities across North East Scotland to mark the clean health and safety bill of the campaign. 

The initiative saw one safety observation card chosen at random every month, with the individual who submitted the chosen card able to select a charity to donate the monthly fund to.

Among the list of Aberdeen and Shire charities that will benefit from the initiative are Aberdeen Foyer, which supports people towards independent living, learning and work, Charlie House, which works to improve the quality of life for North East children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, youth project The Bothie Kintore, and Cancer Research. 

The detailed geophysical and environmental surveys that took place throughout the spring and summer are enabling full characterisation of the site –  informing the wind farm design and proposed engineering works which have recently been consulted upon with communities in the North East in a series of public engagement events.  

Commenting on the initiative, David Hinshelwood, Project Director for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, said:

“I am delighted that this pioneering initiative has not only encouraged the teams supporting Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm’s survey works to promote a proactive health and safety culture, but it has supported a range of local charities that do amazing work supporting individuals and communities across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

“The completion of the initial geophysical and environmental surveys is great news for the project, and was a key milestone in determining our early-stage design proposal for the wind farm and associated onshore infrastructure, which we have recently consulted on with communities in the North East.

“The Muir Mhòr floating offshore project will lead the energy transition and secure Scotland’s energy future whilst delivering tangible benefits for the local and national economy.“

Alethea Williams, Corporate Fundraising Coordinator at Charlie House said: “We are so grateful to the entire Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project team for their dedication to ensuring that the families we support at Charlie House are able to create memories that last a lifetime. Donations such as this really do make all the difference and support us on our mission of building a specialist care facility for the children we support right here in Aberdeen as part of our Big Build Appeal. It is support like this that will help our dream become a reality, Brick by Brick.” 

Rachel Lewis, Youth and Development Worker at The Bothie Kintore said: “We are so grateful for the money donated by Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm and will use it wisely. This money will allow us to upgrade our digital devices for the young people and continue to support our operations in providing a safe and fun environment for the young people in the Kintore area. Your support is highly appreciated – thanks so much!“

Leona McDermid, Chief Executive Officer at Aberdeen Foyer said: “Huge thanks to Muir Mhòr for their kind donation to Aberdeen Foyer which helps support our work in tackling the impact of poverty across local communities in northeast Scotland and preventing youth homelessness. Donations like this help to sustain our vital services such as counselling and employability – support that enables young people and adults alike to transform their lives.”

Lorraine Coleman, Event Chair of Relay For Life Peterhead which fundraises for Cancer Research UK said: “We are so grateful to Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm for the donation to Relay for Life Peterhead, a community of volunteers in the North East of Scotland who fundraise to help Cancer Research UK with their terrific work. This donation will support research into cancer prevention, early detection and kinder treatments tailored to each patient. Being a cancer survivor myself I really appreciate the fabulous work they do and all of us at Relay want others to benefit too. A sincere thank you to the project – you will be helping to save lives!”

Watch the video below to hear about how Charlie House will use the £1,000 donation.