• SGN Press release


    SGN couple row to raise over £3,500 for charity in dragon boat race


    8 October 2018

    SGN-couple-raise-over-3500-in-dragon-boat-race The Framfield Flyers push through the pain to get their dragon boat ahead of the competition. 



    A married couple working for gas network company SGN have helped to raise over £3,500 for a local primary school by rowing to success in a dragon boat race last month.

    Mark and Stephanie Skerritt were part of a 17-strong team competing in the 21st annual Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water in Kent to raise money for a new playground for Framfield C of E Primary School. A very small rural school in Uckfield, their children Jasmine and Thomas have both been pupils since leaving nursery, with many of their friends’ children also attending the school.

    The festival consisted of 50 teams competing across a 250-metre course in three heats for a place in the grand final. The Skerritts’ team, the Framfield Flyers, won their first heat in a fast 1 minute and 24 seconds, their second in a quicker 1 minute 20 seconds, and their third and final heat in a speedy 1 minute and 16 seconds. The team came fifth overall and took their place amongst the top 11 fastest teams in the epic final race.

    Stephanie, a Technical Clerk in the Network team at SGN, said: “Once the 11 boats were lined up, we started the race and were in the lead but started to lose our rhythm a little, ending up 4th overall – a fantastic effort by everyone! Mark and I would like to thank everybody for their support and we can’t wait for everyone to see the playground once it’s complete – it will make such a big difference to the whole school.”

    Emma Aylen, Chair of the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association at Framfield C of E Primary School and Captain of the Framfield Flyers dragon boat, said: “On behalf of all the Framfield Flyers and our wonderful support team, we would like to say thank you so much to SGN for your support, we couldn’t have done it without you. Our children’s playground is going to be such a vibrant and fun environment for them to learn and play in.”

    Our Into Action scheme allows colleagues who raise money for UK-based registered charities to apply through the company for matched funds. Last year, we donated over £50,000 through our Into Action scheme and we’re proud to support the Framfield Flyers with a £500 donation.

    Lisa Pestell, Headteacher of Framfield C of E Primary School, added: “On behalf of the whole school I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who participated in the dragon boat festival. This was a wonderful event that brought members of our community together and demonstrated to our children important attitudes like sportsmanship and citizenship. We rely on the generosity of fundraisers and the tremendous sum of money raised will be used to redevelop our playground for the children to enjoy and benefit from for many years to come.”