Being the Difference this festive season

SSEN's team putting up Keith's Christmas lights

Employees from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have been giving communities in the north of Scotland a helping hand this festive season.

In Moray, Gordon Sutherland, Sam Barnes, Gordon Scott and Brian Cowie from SSEN’s Elgin depot assisted Keith Community Council by volunteering to put up Keith’s Christmas lights, helping light up the town this winter.

In Shetland, SSEN’s teams stepped in over the course of a week to support Living Lerwick by volunteering to install nearly 1km of stainless steel wire the length of Commercial Street to enable the Christmas lights to be safely hung in the town.

Lighting Up Lerwick Ssens Robson Gray Donald Sutherland Murray Cowie And Duncan Feather

In Spynie, near Elgin, project manager Brian Main postponed a planned power outage to ensure the annual village Christmas lunch could go ahead. Brian and Shona Horn attended the event to present a Christmas cake to the local community as they enjoyed an afternoon of festive celebrations.

Brian Main With SSEN Cake For Spynie Village Hall Crop

As part of SSEN’s ‘Be the Difference’ programme, SSEN employees are encouraged to take a day away from their usual job and volunteer to help local charities and community projects of their choice.

Shona Horn, Customer Relationship Manager for SSEN’s North Caledonia region, said:

“We’re always happy to lend a hand through our Be the Difference volunteering programme and this year we’re delighted to help bring some festive cheer to our local cities, towns and villages. Our employees love having the opportunity to give back to the community, particularly using their expertise and any specialist equipment we can provide.

“These ongoing relationships prove how valuable regular engagement with local charities, community groups and community councils can be as we look to power our communities this winter and beyond.”

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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