Seagate has been a significant employer in the North West for over 20 years, and it’s interesting to learn that one in every four computers produced globally will be made using the read-write heads made at the Springtown facility.
However, while the work continues apace, the directors, managers and employees also work hard supporting charities.
Richard Gamble, Equipment Engineering Director at the Springtown Plant, said, “We have always supported a wide range of charities but we find that working closely with a charity, such as Cancer Research UK, is hugely beneficial.
“From a health and well-being perspective, we have always encouraged our staff through our healthy journey initiative which encourages them to eat well and get fit.
“So the partnership with Cancer Research UK further demonstrates that commitment to our employees.”
Additionally Richard recognises the research that Cancer Research UK is committed to.
“The research element is something that Seagate identifies with. Although our research is in a completely different field, we can see the changes adequate and constant research and development can facilitate.
“We have already kickstarted our fundraising for this year with a number of our employees taking part in Dryathlon, which means they have not consumed any alcohol throughout the month, unless they pay a ‘tipple tax’.
“We have also made a £4,000 corporate donation which demonstrates our commitment to fundraising going forward.”
Acknowledging local input from the charity Richard continued, “The local Fundraising Manager, Sharon Arbuckle has been instrumental in our decision to make Cancer Research UK our charity of the year. She is an enthusiastic and determined ambassador for the charity and we are looking forward to working closely with her in the coming months.
“A number of employees will be taking part in ‘Slide On Cancer’ later on in the year as well as a wide range of in-house events and ideas that we hope to implement.
“Generally we host one major event every year with past charity fundraisers including ‘Strictly Seagate’ and ‘Seagate’s Got Talent’. So we’re hoping to put on another major event later this year.
“There are lots of ideas in the mix and all of our employees, across all of the disciplines are onboard and dedicated to raising funds for the charity.”
Sharon Arbuckle, Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK said, “Every hour, someone in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with cancer. With the help of Seagate we’re working to fund research which will help more men, women and children survive.
“It’s fantastic that Seagate have pledged to raise money for us in the coming year and we wish them the best of luck with their fundraising. The funds will be spent locally at Altnagelvin where we are currently running clinical trials, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up the good news is that, thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years.
“More people across Derry-Londonderry are now beating the disease than ever before. Cancer Research UK’s work is at the heart of that.
“Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking research. So funds raised through supporters like Seagate is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts.”
For more information on Cancer Research UK visit www.cancerresearchuk.org