SSEN powers Dunoon’s Christmas celebrations

Engineers from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have been hailed for ‘saving Christmas’ this year in Dunoon by stepping in to install the town’s Christmas lights.

Scott McCowan and Jack Gordon from SSEN’s Dunoon depot volunteered their time and equipment to put up the town centre lights over the course of three consecutive weekends in advance of the annual Christmas lights switch on.

The team used their ‘Be the Difference’ days that allow them to take a day away from their company roles to help with local good causes, charities and communities.

Sharon Anderson of the Dunoon Community Christmas Lights Group, said:

“At the end of November, the Christmas lights were switched on, to much applause and appreciation. This was a culmination of a year’s planning by the Dunoon Community Christmas Lights Group. As the time for installation approached there was a crucial set back as the machinery required was no longer available. However, SSEN came to the rescue.

“All in Dunoon owe a great debt of gratitude to the wonderful SSEN Crew. Archie Kennedy donated the use of the cherry picker and the qualified operators to enable the installation to go ahead. They worked for three Sundays with our crew of electricians in the freezing cold, we cannot thank them enough for saving Christmas.”

Archie Kennedy, People Manager at SSEN’s Dunoon depot, added:

“We were delighted to support the Dunoon Community Christmas Lights Group this year by volunteering through our Be the Difference programme which provides us with a valuable opportunity to give back to the local communities we power.

“We’re glad we were able to step in and make a difference and hope everyone in the town enjoys the festive celebrations this year.”

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

Since the launch of the volunteering programme, it has helped over 2,500 projects, with SSEN employees dedicating their time to projects that matter in their local communities.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 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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