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Team working brings benefits to affected residents

Press release   •   Apr 12, 2013 14:47 BST

Partnership working when gas supplies were disrupted to hundreds of residents has brought benefits to the community.

National Grid has made a charitable donation to Unsworth and Sunnybank Community Centre, in recognition of the help given to their staff during the incident which was caused when a water main burst and damaged their gas system. 

More than 100 National Grid workers were responding to a gas outage in the Chadderton Drive area of Unsworth between 10 and 14 January this year. They needed a large local base to work from in order to remove the water from the gas pipes and restore supplies to every affected property in the area.

The council quickly identified the community centre as the ideal premises, and National Grid were responding from the site within two hours of their initial request.

Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council, said: “This was a great example of how organisations can work together in the best interests of the local community. We were happy to help National Grid as they worked for days to restore power to residents’ homes, and we are delighted that they have responded with this donation to the community centre.”

And Ian Palfreyman, Head of Network for National Grid Gas, said: "It's good to be able to give something back to the community when they have supported us so well during what must have been a difficult time for them."

ENDS

Press release issued: 12 April 2013.

Picture attached: At the cheque handover are (from left) Simon Henfrey, Marilyn Chadwick (Senior Day Service Officer), Ian Palfreyman, Tom Armstrong and Cllr Mike Connolly.