Greenburn employees take Kier mascot on cross-country charity trip

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Post by Mark Harrington, mining director, Kier Group


We know that our people have big hearts when it comes to charity. Having been heavily involved in a variety of charity projects over the years, it’s no surprise that the team at Greenburn Surface Mining Complex were keen to get involved in this year’s Where’s the Bear Challenge.

The challenge sees mascot Kier Bear travel between 30 Kier Infrastructure sites across the UK using non-conventional modes of transport. It raises money for The Kier Foundation and Kier’s charity partner, The Alzheimer’s Society, along with a range of local, charitable causes that are close to the hearts of Kier’s people and the communities it operates in.

The team at Greenburn were challenged with travelling from New Cumnock to the nearest Kier Infrastructure site. This turned out to be in Cumbria, a whopping 140 miles away! The team were up for the challenge, and Kier Bear left Greenburn strapped safely to the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and accompanied by a team of four volunteers, zooming within the speed limit down to Gretna with the wind blowing through its fur.

Once the group arrived at Gretna, Kier Bear was handed over to two more Kier employees, who fastened it to the front of a bicycle – all the better for seeing the Lake District National Park – and cycled their way uphill, down dale and through wind and rain to Seascale in Cumbria. After a quick handover, the bear joined the next team in the relay and is currently making its way across the UK, raising some much-needed funds for charity.

The last challenge raised £32,000 for good causes, with Greenburn contributing around £8,000, and we’ve got our fingers firmly crossed for similar results this year.

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