• SGN Press release


    Volunteers return to Sidcup armed with litter pickers


    5 July 2018

    Volunteers from our Operations, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications teams returned to Sidcup to help clean community areas to thank residents for their patience when a burst water main flooded our network affecting gas supplies to local homes and businesses.

    Over 20 colleagues combined to pick up litter and clean graffiti off walls around the town as part of our Community Action Programme (CAP).

    Our CAP scheme gives all our employees one day off each year to spend volunteering for a cause close to their hearts, and the team decided they wanted to give something back to the Sidcup community.

    Stakeholder and Ops Volunteers litter picking in Sidcup

     Volunteers from our Operations, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications teams removed litter from community areas in Sidcup

    Sharon Dorrington, our Stakeholder and Community Manger who organised the event, said: “The CAP project was arranged to recognise and thank the people of Sidcup for their patience and kindness demonstrated while we were working to restore gas supplies to around 2,000 Sidcup properties earlier this year.

    “We were overwhelmed by the support of Sidcup residents in May during the gas emergency. We knew then that we wanted to come back to Sidcup and give something back to the community.

    “Bexley Council helped us plan a route through the previously affected areas and we got the chance to meet lots of residents in person along the way to explain what we were doing and thank them again.”

    Bexley Council and residents were all very appreciative of the hard work and effort put in by the army of litter pickers. Peter Craske, Councillor for Blackfen and Lamorbey ward, tweeted: “This is really tremendous and generous of SGN to do all this for our community. I know councillors and council staff who joined you really appreciate it.”