As well as delivering the new infrastructure to help the UK move closer to reaching our net zero ambitions, our Engineering Positive Futures programme has continued to invest in and support the communities we're working closest to. The programme was recognised at the annual UK Social Mobility Awards, where National Grid won the community programme of the year.
In 2022, National Grid donated over £380,000 to support local causes which brought total funding from the Hinkley Connection Project to over £1 million awarded to more than 70 local initiatives.
And the Hinkley Education Fund, whereby grants from National Grid fund the purchase of STEM equipment has now supported over 400,000 local pupils including those at Sexey's school who are enjoying using their new visualisers.
In December we had the privilege of hosting the local heroes of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service on the Hinkley Connection Project. This was a unique opportunity for the specialist rope rescue team to carry out a simulated 'at-height' rescue on a new, but not yet energised, pylon.
Last but not least, the feel good story of the year was that of the lost and injured polecat which our team found and rescued from one of our construction site. He was given a new home and a new name... ‘Hinkley’.