Comic Relief - Red Nose Day at Northumbrian Water


Employees at Northumbrian Water rallied round to ′do something funny for money′ today.

Benn Elsey (34) from South Shields and Hazel Burlison (42) from Esh Winning, both customer advisors, put themselves forward to take a dip in the tomato tub (a pool of tomatoes, tomato soup and tomato ketchup). Other employees delighted in pouring the mixture over them in the pool for £1 a go.

Stuart Rennie (43), business analyst, from Rosemount in Durham, volunteered to have his head shaved and his back and legs waxed! Gaynor Townley, customer advisor, volunteered to carry out the waxing using wax strips donated by Boots.

Shaun Cannell (31) from Longbenton and Jenny Graham (27) from Stanley struggled to down a pint of ′liquid breakfast′ - sausage, beans, plum tomatoes and some added tomato soup. Shaun was victorious in the challenge.

And Stephene Owens (34) from Bowburn in Durham completed a sponsored silence.

Jane Morland, corporate responsibility team leader said: "We′re delighted that employees from across the business are coming
together to take part, empty their pockets and dig deep for such a great cause. We′re hoping to raise at least £3,000 for Comic Relief."

Elsewhere acros the business employees have been dressing up in fancy dress, red clothing, comic relief t-shirts or casual dress. A £1 donation goes to Comic Relief from each person taking part. They also took part in a charity bike ride on Wednesday 16 March which covered 16 miles on and off road. Cyclists were asked to collect sponsorship for the ride with all money raised going to Comic Relief.

Jars of infamous chilli jam were on sale, home made by Claire Burn (38), I.S. customer support team leader, from Gosforth, Newcastle. The customer contact centre had a funky t-shirt competition. Employees and their children design a wide range of t shirts for red nose day. The employee restaurants have been selling cakes and cuppas. Cakes are courtesy of Autograph catering and the full donation will be donated to Comic relief.

All images from the day can be found here

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