• Global award brings boost for Crowthorne charity

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    Global award brings boost for Crowthorne charity

    A global volunteering award won by an employee at 3M in Bracknell has led to a £2,500 windfall for a Crowthorne-based charity.

    Global award brings boost for Crowthorne charity

    A global volunteering award won by an employee at 3M in Bracknell has led to a £2,500 windfall for a Crowthorne-based charity.

    Global award brings boost for Crowthorne charity

    A global volunteering award won by an employee at 3M in Bracknell has led to a £2,500 windfall for a Crowthorne-based charity.

    • Sam Egan was one of only three employees of the science-based company across Western Europe to be a winner of a global 3Mgives Volunteer Award for their exceptional work in improving lives in their communities.

      As well as a trophy, Sam was given a £2,500 cheque by 3M to donate to a charity of her choice.

      She chose Deptherapy, based at the Divecrew Centre in Crowthorne, Berkshire, which runs specially adapted scuba diving programmes in the warm waters of the Red Sea for seriously injured UK armed service people who are suffering from life changing mental and physical challenges.

      Deptherapy chairman Dr Richard Cullen said the donation was "absolutely brilliant" for the charity. "This means a great deal to us. It means we can take an additional five seriously injured soldiers out to Egypt on the diving programme," he commented.

      Sam, an e-business co-ordinator at 3M’s Bracknell head office, has been involved in local school and community projects over many years.

      Last year, she organised a volunteering day for 3M employees at Holly Spring Infant School and her fundraising activities for charity have included a sponsored skydive in aid of Daisy’s Dream, which supports children and families affected by life-threatening illness or bereavement.

      Sam has suffered a life-threatening illness herself. After recovering from breast cancer in 2012, the cancer has since come back twice. Although she is clear of it now, she is still receiving chemotherapy treatment every three weeks.

      "I was amazed to win the global award, but really delighted that I can use it to help the magnificent work that Deptherapy does," she said.

      "Having constant pain from various cancer treatments myself, I‘m very much aware of how beneficial being in the water can be. The pain just disappears and some of these injured soldiers have said that Deptherapy has really saved their lives."