A CHEMICAL company has celebrated going 1,000 days injury free by donating £1,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Venator reached the Lost Time Accident free milestone for its Wynyard Park global HQ on Thursday, August 29 – amounting to more than 2.7 years injury free.

Bringing pioneering pre-hospital care to the scene, the GNAAS rescues and treats hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year.

Deborah Gibbs, fundraising assistant at the charity, visited the firm to receive the £1,000 donation, which was handed over by Debbie Hunter, HQ operations & business services manager and Brian Hughes, EHS & building services manager.

Ms Gibbs said: “We rely solely on charitable donations to provide air ambulance services across our region, so we are grateful for Venator’s contribution towards our considerable operating costs.

“Our dedicated, highly trained critical care team using our air ambulances and rapid response cars really do make a difference every day by saving people’s lives and easing their suffering, and we’re delighted to receive so much support from the general public for our work.”

Karen Fenwick, vice president corporate branding and communications, said: “We’re delighted that our Wynyard site has reached this important milestone of 1,000 days injury free, and it seemed fitting to donate £1,000 to a charity which promotes safety.

“Our employees voted overwhelmingly to give the funds to the Great North Air Ambulance because it holds a special place in their hearts, and we’re delighted to be able to support a cause which does such fantastic work here in the North East.”

To find out more about the chemical firm visit www.venatorcorp.com or to find out more about the work of the GNAAS visit www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk