27 May 2014
Oil & gas engineering firms Barrier Group and OGN have teamed up to kick-start a fundraising drive for a cause close to employees’ hearts.
The scaffolding crew from international coatings specialist Barrier took on staff from engineering, procurement and construction services firm OGN in a charity football match to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The match, which was played at Northern League team Newcastle Benfield FC’s ground, Sam Smith’s Park in Walkergate, Newcastle, raised £1,544 for the charity, with money collected through donations, a raffle and entry.
Barrier won the match 4-2, which included a hat-trick from scaffolder Michael Martin.
Around 100 supporters turned out to see the competitive match between the two North East firms, which occupy neighbouring premises off Hadrian’s Way in Wallsend, with Barrier a long-term supplier to OGN.
The two firms are currently working together on a project to deliver finishing and commissioning works on EnQuest Producer, a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, at OGN’s Hadrian Yard, Wallsend.
The two firms wanted to raise money and awareness for the charity because employers from both companies have had close friends and family members who have suffered from the terminal illness, which attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing muscle-wasting and debilitating disability.
Kevin Cairns, Scaffolding Supervisor at Barrier, said: “We had a beautiful, sunny day for the match and it was a really fun way to raise money for a cause which is very close to all of our hearts. It was a real privilege to play at a Northern League ground – the atmosphere was great and everyone had a fantastic day.
“Many people who work for both OGN and Barrier have known someone who has been unfortunate enough to suffer with this horrible, debilitating illness and we really just wanted to do something positive and proactive to help this very worthwhile charity with their excellent work.”
David Edwards, Chief Executive of OGN Group, said: “It was a great match – very competitive, with a real friendly rivalry. Barrier’s lads played really well and were worthy competitors. But the best part of the day was raising lots of money for a charity which has helped people who are close to many of us – I know that means a lot to everyone. We’d like to thank all the supporters who’ve come down to cheer us on and put their hands in their pockets for this fantastic charity.”