GKN Aerospace apprentices raise £4,500 for St Mary’s Hospital

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Apprentices starting their 10-mile sponsored walk from the Falcon Yard site in East Cowes.
Apprentices starting their 10-mile sponsored walk from the Falcon Yard site in East Cowes.

APPRENTICES working at GKN Aerospace’s East Cowes site have walked and baked in support of the NHS, raising £4,565 for St Mary’s Hospital.

In addition to their aerospace training, the apprentices are encouraged to undertake charity projects.

The latest intakes went the extra mile, completing a sponsored walk, arranging a cake sale and holding a raffle to help redecorate and refurbish the relatives' room for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital.

Kev Downer, apprenticeship manager at GKN Aerospace, said: “We felt this was a great opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work carried out by NHS staff during the Covid pandemic as well enhancing the environment for families waiting for news on their relatives.

“I would like thank the apprentices for their hard work, and everybody who has contributed and supported them."

Becky Craig, ICU sister, said they were "very thankful and grateful".

She added: “We are hoping to offer a comfortable bed for relatives to be able to stay near their loved one overnight, while being able to rest.

"The relatives’ room becomes an essential space for anyone who finds themselves being a loved one of a critically ill patient. This space will really make a difference.”

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