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Essar donates £3,000 to support Warrington charity

Stanlow, April 21, 2021: A significant safety milestone at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex has seen a £3,000 donation made to Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) charity, Families United (Warrington).

The funds were provided through Essar’s ‘Let’s Give’ scheme, which links the company’s commitment to safety directly with charitable giving and came after one million hours without a Lost Time Injury were recently achieved at the refinery.

Since 2003, Families United (FUn) have supported children with SEND and their families through the organisation of specifically tailored activities that allow member families to participate in and enjoy together. These activities also help the families build a social network of like-minded people, which they can lean on for support and understand together the impact that having a child with SEND can have on their family life.

Mathew James, Essar Production Team Leader, nominated the charity and explained: “Families United is a local charity very close to my heart. Having a child with SEND has a massive impact on family life, something I have first-hand experience of with my eldest, Dylan, who has a rare genetic defect on his GRIN1 gene. This affects his speech, fine and gross motor skills and his visual processing, which requires support throughout the day, along with constant supervision.

“Having the support of FUn has never been more important than over the last 12 months during the pandemic. They have arranged various Covid-19 safe activities for us to be involved in from sending out activity packs to arranging pony visits to family homes. Being in a family member social network has also been a massive support and really helped us feel part of a close community.”

Andrea Machin, Chair of Families United (Warrington), said: “It is a great pleasure to receive this generous donation from Essar. As a small charity, it is often challenging to raise sufficient funds to provide events and activities for our members. This has become increasingly difficult during the pandemic. Our member families have children with all types of disabilities and we aim to provide activities to support the whole family together. Thank you.”

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About Essar Oil UK

Essar Oil (UK) Limited is a leading UK-focused downstream energy company that owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery located on the south side of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool. Stanlow produces 16% of UK road transport fuels and the refinery processes 10 million tonnes of crude and feedstocks annually.

Since acquiring Stanlow in 2011, Essar has invested $1 billion in the Essar Oil UK business. The site’s largest ever turnaround in 2018 saw the successful delivery of a project that increased annual throughput capacity from 68 million to 75 million barrels, as well as improving yields and driving revenues.

Essar is a major supplier in the North West and beyond with customers including most of the major retail brands operated by international oil companies and supermarkets, Manchester Airport, leading commercial airlines and the region’s trains and buses. It is the lowest cost supplier into the North West and is highly competitive in supplying adjacent markets. In 2019, the company acquired BP assets in the Midlands to further strengthen its logistics infrastructure network.

Essar is committed to playing a key role in the decarbonisation of the UK.

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