Two charities benefit from air traffic control pub quiz

GOOD CAUSE Jonathan Marmont and Lewis Kelly from NATS Early Careers Scheme present a cheque to Lauren Butcher from the Stroke Association.
GOOD CAUSE Jonathan Marmont and Lewis Kelly from NATS Early Careers Scheme present a cheque to Lauren Butcher from the Stroke Association.
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TRAINEE engineers raised vital funds to support a stroke and cancer charity.

Team members from the early careers scheme at leading air traffic controllers NATS, in Whiteley, organised a charity pub quiz for the whole workforce to take part in.

As well as the quiz, more than 100 workers took part in a prize raffle, with all the proceeds being split between Cancer Research UK and the Stroke Association.

Throughout the course of the day, the trainees successfully raised £1,749.29 for the two charities.

Cheques for £874.64 were handed to representatives of both charities, who said the money is vital in helping them with the research they carry out.

Regional fundraiser for the Stroke Association, Lauren Butcher, said: ‘The money raised will go towards the vital work carried out by the Stroke Association.

‘It is estimated that in Hampshire there are around 36,000 people living with the effects of stroke.

‘We believe that with the money donated it will go a long way towards us conquering stroke.’

These sentiments were echoed by the local representative of Cancer Research UK, Hayley Callacher, who said with the money raised by the trainees at NATS they can find a way to beat cancer sooner.

Hayley said: ‘We are so grateful because every pound raised is a step closer to the day when all cancers are cured.’

The early career scheme at NATS gives high quality training in technical engineering, offering a range of work placements and apprenticeships to those who sign up to the scheme.

The successful event was organised by placement system engineer, Jonathan Marmont, who said he was overwhelmed by all the support shown by the staff on the training scheme.

Jonathan said: ‘I am proud that we were able to raise the money for two really worthy causes.

‘I hope that the money will help researchers who will be able to use the money to speed up the process of eradicating the causes of cancer and providing vital support to stroke survivors.’