Hartlepool businesses join forces to support local hospice

Seymour Civil Engineering has pledged its support to Alice House Hospice’s Moonlight Memory Walk 2018, one of the charity’s most popular and well established events.

In partnership with hospice patron J&B Recycling, Seymour has co-sponsored the five mile night time walk which takes place on September 8. The route leaves Hartlepool College of Further Education at 10pm and is a circuit turning round at the halfway point at Seaton Carew Golf Club.

Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “J&B is incredibly proud to be able to sponsor the Moonlight Memory Walk this year. The company has been a member of the hospice’s Guild of Patrons for a number of years now, working to support the work the hospice does in the local community, which also brings benefit to both our employees and customers.”

Seymour Civil Engineering’s Lisa Gooding added: “The work of the hospice touches the hearts of so many in Hartlepool and its surrounding areas, to be able to give back to the hospice means a great deal to Seymour. A number of Seymour employees have taken part in the walk in previous years and the event is always a really good night. We’re keen to help make this year the biggest and best yet.”

Both businesses are celebrating significant business milestones, with J&B celebrating its 20th anniversary and Seymour its 40th. The two organisations are long term supporters of local hospice care and over the years have helped with funding and resources for a variety of projects.

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at the Hospice said “we are delighted that Hospice patients and their families can benefit from the ongoing support of these very generous businesses. Both companies have been invaluable in funding the delivery of our care services. Support such as this offsets running costs of events and helps ensure that the money raised can go straight back into helping people in need. We hope that lots of people will join us for another memorable evening.”

Entrants to the Moonlight Memory Walk will receive pre-event refreshments as well as a fantastic warm up disco from Walter Barton of Deck One and there will also be a late supper provided on completion of the walk. To register, go to www.alicehousehospice.co.uk or call Janice on 01429 855536 to request a paper form.

Sisters are doing it for STEMselves 

TWO Teesside sisters have bucked the trend of women in STEM, by climbing the ladder in both the science and engineering sectors.

 

Statistics show that women make up only 12% of all STEM employees in the UK, yet 18-year-old Klaudia Robinson, from Hartlepool swapped her childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser for a career in engineering, thanks to an insight in to the world of STEM careers provided by her older sister.

 

Klaudia, a Management Trainee at Seymour Civil Engineering, who is currently studying for a HNC in Building Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said:

“I don’t think girls really think of careers in science, maths, engineering and technology as options when they’re at school because there are so many more stereotypically feminine subjects and career routes that you are more aware of.

 

“All through school I wanted to become a hairdresser but when I got a taste of a career in STEM, thanks to my sister Kensey, I quickly changed my mind.”

 

Kensey Robinson, 20, started her journey in to STEM when she completed an apprenticeship through Hartlepool College, with the Hartlepool based medical diagnostics company, Hart Biologicals, in 2015.

 

Since then Kensey has gone on to work as a Lab Technician, working on a number of the firm’s largest projects.

 

She said: “Whilst at school I’d never thought about going in to a science-related career, but I was really enjoying the subject so one of my career advisors brought to my attention the apprentice vacancy at Hart Biologicals.

 

“During my first year of College, studying for a BTEC in additional science, I was the only girl in a class of boys, headed by a male tutor.

 

“It didn’t faze me, as I wasn’t worried about being the only girl, but having female role models for young girls to look up to is important. I hope one day I can be a role model to young girls interested in a career in science.”

 

Both Klaudia and Kensey have been actively involved in promoting STEM careers to school and college students in the region, accompanying Seymour Civil Engineering and Hart Biological’s STEM ambassadors to careers events and open days across the North East. In addition, Klaudia has also become a CITB ambassador.

 

This year, for the second time running, Seymour Civil Engineering has been recognised for its commitment to inspiring the engineers of the future, by being award the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Mike Gardiner Cup, for support of the institute’s education programme.

 

Klaudia said: “During my time at college, I have always been one of very few women. It’s something that I’m used to now and it’s only when I stop to think about it that I realise just what a difference in gender there is in engineering and construction.

 

“As a whole, when you see images representing STEM careers, they tend to show men busy working on a construction site, men in a science lab, or male maths teachers in the classroom. Those images reinforce the perception that those industries are for men.

 

“Kensey is the reason I decided to go for an apprenticeship, and I’m truly grateful that I got the insight into STEM from her that I did. My career in engineering, working for Seymour, has been fantastic so far as no two days are ever the same. With new projects coming in all the time, I always have something new and exciting to work on.

 

“We are typical sisters and we still argue, but by both completing apprenticeships, and working in fields that aren’t the norm for girls our age, I definitely think we’ve grown closer.

 

“I’m really proud of Kensey and how well she’s done. It makes me smile to hear the most squeamish person I know come home and talk about how she’s been testing rabbit brains.”

 

To learn more about a career in engineering or apply for a position with Seymour Civil Engineering, visit the website here: http://seymourcec.co.uk/careers.php