A successful restart of nuclear projects has led to a donation being been made to Samaritans of West Cumbria, and Warrington, Halton and St Helens by Sellafield Ltd.
A company spokesperson said:
"We’ve now successfully restarted all our project construction sites -and wanted to mark this by giving a hand to some of the people helping bring our communities through Covid.
"Our teams have worked hard to implement new safety measures on our sites to make sure those returning to work feel reassured, which include new one-way systems, socially distanced change rooms and canteens, barriers, and changes to the way people access and leave the site.
"Meanwhile out in our communities, our two chosen charities - Samaritans of West Cumbria, and Warrington, Halton and St Helens Samaritans – have seen increased demand as more people struggle to cope during Covid.
"Our projects delivery directorate has donated £1,000 to each to mark our successful restart, which means we can continue the work needed to make the Sellafield site safe for the generations to come."
Neil Crewdson, Interim Project Delivery Director said:
"This has been a challenging time for everyone and it has been especially hard on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The response from our teams over the last few months has been exceptional, everyone has worked so hard in this difficult situation.
"The Samaritans do fantastic work in our communities to help people through tough times, so when we wanted to mark our successful restart it seemed right to help them continue their work with a donation."
Linda Morris, Director of Warrington, Halton and St Helens Samaritans added:
"We are very grateful to Sellafield Ltd for this kind donation. All our funds go towards the running and upkeep of the branch including our phone lines, rent, heating, lighting and promotional materials for outreach. At this very difficult time many people are experiencing uncertainty and high feelings of anxiety and distress, so our service is really critical. Whatever you’re facing, whatever time of day or night we will be there to support you."