Over £5,000 raised by Tower Week
Almost a month of fundraising and awareness events based around industry body PASMA’s second national Tower Week has succeeded in raising more than £5,000 for Children in Need.
Held around and during PASMA Tower Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of scaffold towers and how to work safely on them, the fundraising saw PASMA Chairman Chris Blantern visit training centres around the UK joined by Pudsey Bear, who was pictured climbing scaffold towers at each of the centres.
PASMA is the provider of the industry standard training scheme for mobile access towers, with hundreds of centres throughout the country, so it’s no surprise that it took Chris three weeks of driving every day to reach all the centres on his list.
Donations from PASMA’s training centres made up the bulk of the funds, while PASMA also contributed over £1,500 itself by donating £1 for every Tower Test completed. The Tower Test was created for Tower Week, allowing people to test their knowledge of what makes for a safe or unsafe scaffold tower. It proved so popular that it has now been released offline so that it can still be used after Tower Week.
Prior to setting off, Chris Blantern had said: “Children in Need keeps children safe and sound while they’re growing up, and PASMA helps keep them that way when they grow up and enter the workplace. Each goes that extra mile to safeguard and protect life by doing great work. Both believe it’s what you do that counts, which is why PASMA is supporting this year’s Children in Need appeal through Tower Week.”
On finishing his journey, he added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped us reach our target, and the generosity and enthusiasm of our training centres. They all helped make this the most successful Tower Week so far.”
Tower Week’s most important aim is to raise awareness of towers as a safe way to work at height, at a time when falls from height remain the number one cause of death in the workplace. PASMA’s website has a wealth of information and guidance on keeping people safe while working at height.