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    September 29, 2016
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    The sky’s the limit for 3M volunteers

    3Mers across the UK and Ireland lent a hand to local schools, a hospice, a foodbank and a wildlife trust to celebrate the company’s Global Volunteer Day on 19 September.

    The sky’s the limit for 3M volunteers

    3Mers across the UK and Ireland lent a hand to local schools, a hospice, a foodbank and a wildlife trust to celebrate the company’s Global Volunteer Day on 19 September.

    The sky’s the limit for 3M volunteers

    3Mers across the UK and Ireland lent a hand to local schools, a hospice, a foodbank and a wildlife trust to celebrate the company’s Global Volunteer Day on 19 September.

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      As well as groups of employees taking on a wide range of activities to mark 3M’s Global Volunteer Day on 19 September, two 3Mers celebrated being singled out to receive global 3Mgives Volunteer Awards for their exceptional work improving lives in their communities.

      Bracknell-based e-business co-ordinator, Sam Egan, and principal project engineer at Loughborough, Chris Bishop, have both dedicated many hours to community work.

      Sam serves as a member of the PTA at Great Hollands Primary School in Bracknell and this year organised a 3Mgives volunteering day at Holly Spring Infant School, leading a 15-strong team in a project to bring the school's garden pond back to life.

      Chris was nominated for his outstanding support of the Young Innovators Challenge, which is organised each year for local schools and colleges. He has been actively involved with the event for the past four years and been a judge for three of them. For 2016, he devised a new category for the competition – the Canyon Crossing Challenge – for primary school children to design and build a bridge that was as strong as possible for minimum weight.

      In addition, Sam, who is a cancer survivor herself, completed a sponsored skydive raising £2,000 for a charity that supports children and families affected by life-threatening illness or bereavement and Chris completed a 206-mile coast-to-coast trek to raise more than £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

      To mark 3M Global Volunteer Day, members of the 3M Ireland management team spent a morning at Holy Child School in the Sallynoggin area of Dublin coaching students who are studying for their leaving certificates – the final examination in the Irish secondary school system.

      The Bracknell site hosted a visit by a party of 30 A-level students from St Crispin’s School at Wokingham, who are all interested in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

      Meanwhile, at Loughborough, STEM ambassador and senior engineer Sophie Busont visited Castle Rock High School at Coalville, taking along products to demonstrate a selection of 3M technologies and talking to the students about a range of STEM career options.

      Another group of volunteers from the Loughborough site spent a day working in the great outdoors at the Dishley Pool wildlife site – home to a diverse range of inhabitants from dragonflies to buzzards and wildfowl. Among the tasks taken on by the eleven-strong team of 3Mers was building a wooden platform jutting out from the water’s edge for fishermen and birdwatchers to use.

      Audrey Millar and Janice Ramsey from the Bangor site in Northern Ireland volunteered their time to work at a local foodbank. They helped to sort all the groceries donated to the Storehouse into date order and store them in the designated area.

      “The site asked employees to donate groceries and we thought we would also help out for Global Volunteering Day,” said Janice. “We never realised just how much work was involved in organising a food bank, but it was very enjoyable.”

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