An evening with The Aristocats, October 2013

On Saturday 12 October, EnQuest’s Operations Interface Manager Grant Robertson, along with his band the Aristocats, took to the stage at The Forum in Aberdeen for an evening of live musical entertainment.

The EnQuest-sponsored event attracted an audience of music fans who enjoyed The Aristocats distinctive, up-tempo performance featuring covers of classic tunes from legendary acts such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, The Eagles, Tom Jones and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Grant Robertson, who is the band director and drummer, commented “The concert was a big success and a good time was had by all! We wanted to create a real party atmosphere, which we definitely achieved, while raising a significant amount of money for a very worthwhile charity.  On the night, we raised £2368 through ticket sales and the raffle.  It’s heart-warming to know that the funds raised for Archway will go a long way to helping people with learning disabilities and their families in the North-east.”

 

Three Peaks Challenge, August 2013

In late August 2013, two EnQuest employees - Pamela Thomson and Victoria Presley - were left feeling on top of the world after raising more than £2,000 for Archway. The intrepid duo took on the Three Peaks challenge after becoming inspired by the passion, focus and collaboration demonstrated by fellow EnQuest colleagues in raising so much money for our chosen charity.

The challenge involves climbing 9,800ft up the 3 highest mountains in the UK - Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon – travelling over 2000 miles between the three peaks, all in under 24 hours.

Starting with Ben Nevis, Victoria and Pamela faced many challenges during their adventure including climbing Scafell Pike in the pitch dark.  By Snowdon, the final peak, hunger and insomnia had really set it, but the pair were determined to finish their challenge in the time limit. They set off at record pace and completed the challenge in under 23 hours.

 “What kept us going over our 3 big climbs, was knowing we were undertaking the challenge for a fantastic cause”, commented Pamela.  “Looking back, I feel a real sense of achievement, not only because we completed the challenge in 22 hours 33 minutes, but also because in doing so we have raised over £2000 for Archway.”

EnQuest Family Fun Day, August 2013

EnQuest employees and their families enjoyed a fun day out in the picturesque grounds of Castle Fraser on 17 August to celebrate 40 years since the discovery of the Heather oil field in the North Sea. 

EnQuest acquired the Heather platform in 2010 and has completed a large scale infrastructure enhancement programme to extend the field life of the platform to around 2030.

As well as activities such as bungee runs, target golf, falconry and archery, children and adults alike enrolled in a circus training school to learn juggling, acrobatics and percussion skills, and were  entertained by a circus troupe which included clowns, stilt walkers, unicyclists, magicians and a jazz band.

David Heslop, Managing Director UKCS said; “It’s great to see so many of our people here today with their families having fun in the sunshine.  While it’s important to recognise significant milestones such as the Heather field’s 40th anniversary, it’s just as important to recognise the people whose dedication and commitment ensures our assets continue to operate safely and effectively today, and to thank them and their families for their ongoing support.”

Longest Day Charity Cycle, June 2013

A team of EnQuest cyclists have proven their resilience and determination after successfully completing an arduous 16-hour cycle challenge, pedalling their way to £15,000 for charity.

The 14 cyclists, self-named the EnQuest Rhinos, tackled what is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most challenging cycling routes by aiming to complete a 300 kilometre circuit over the highest roads in North-east Scotland in a single day – the longest day of the year.

They overcame punctures, a tyre blow out, physical challenges and exhaustion to raise money for EnQuest’s nominated charity, Archway, which works to improve the quality of life of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  

The ambitious challenge began on midsummer’s day - Friday 21 June - at 6am in Banchory where the team embarked on the incredibly tough route around the central Highlands, including the steep inclines of Cairn o’ Mount, Glenshee, the Lecht and the Cabrach. However, the team excelled themselves by completing the circuit, which involved 4,800 metres of climbing - the equivalent of more than five Munros – within their 16-hour target.

John Cowie, EnQuest area manager for the Thistle, Dons and Heather assets, said: “One of the toughest parts was after about 100 miles when we made the ascent up the Lecht while a couple of members of the team ‘hit the wall’ at Glen Isla. One of our team mates also had a tyre blow out where his back tyre was completely shredded and after changing the tyre, he had to work really hard to catch up with the rest of the team.

“One of the particular highlights was when the sun came out at Rhynie on the final leg of the journey which made for a fantastic end to The Longest Day.  Everyone completed the course safely and we all have a real sense of personal achievement and pride at having raised so much money for such a great cause as Archway.

“What has also been amazing is how something that started out as a personal challenge for a handful of people has grown into something that has secured the buy-in and support of so many, and we would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

The EnQuest Rhinos included: John Cowie, of Aboyne; Derek Liversidge and Craig Matthew, both of Banchory; Graham Bell of Milltimber, Greig Ritchie of Bieldside; Simon Richards of Strachan; Andy McIntosh, Rob Morgan and Ross Bremner of Aberdeen, Richard Holloway of Pitcaple, Paul Massie of Inverurie, Craig Stewart of London, Gerrard Ipenburg of Cults and Graham Leather of Portlethen.

EnQuest is raising money for Archway’s Appeal for Betty’s Place, a project to establish a specially adapted holiday cottage and specialist facilities for the children, young people and adults with learning disabilities that the charity supports.

EnQuest Golf Day, June 2013

Generous golfers across the North-east have helped raise a staggering amount of money for an Aberdeen charity after teeing up for a popular annual sporting challenge.

More than £50,000 was  raised for Archway following EnQuest’s annual charity golf event which was held on June 14 at the world-famous Fairmont course in St Andrews.

Senior HSE&A advisor at EnQuest, Barry Quinn, who leads the team responsible for organising the event, said: “The tremendous amount of money raised has exceeded our expectations and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who donated so generously. Our aim was to double the £16,000 we raised last year for EnQuest’s nominated charity, Archway, but we didn’t anticipate topping the £50,000 mark.  

“This will contribute significantly towards Archway’s Appeal for Betty’s Place, a project to establish a specially adapted holiday cottage and specialist services for the children, young people and adults with learning disabilities that the charity supports.”

Within just three years, the annual EnQuest golf day has become such a success that the company had to find a bigger venue for this year’s event after attracting more than double the number of players that took part in the 2012 charity challenge.

Forty teams involving 160 golfers took part in the 2013 event, compared with 80 golfers who formed 20 teams for last year’s event at Banchory golf course in Aberdeenshire.

Following the annual golf day, EnQuest has now raised over £100,000 for Archway since fundraising started in March 2011.

Tullos Primary, January 2013

Nursery children at Tullos Primary School in Aberdeen are making a splash thanks to EnQuest’s donation of waterproof dungarees and jackets, which will ensure the children, aged between three and five, are able to play outdoors, come rain or shine.

Laura Fowler, the school’s acting head teacher, said: “As part of promoting healthy lifestyles, it’s important to encourage children to be active from a young age and we can now ensure they are able to enjoy playing outside regardless of the weather. We are very grateful to EnQuest for the donation and for their continued support which has spanned a number of years.”

EnQuest has supported a broad range of initiatives at Tullos Primary School since 2010. These include financing the purchase of library books, gardening projects and school trips as well as backing a Go Mountain Biking scheme where the company, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council, helped to purchase mountain bikes for the pupils. EnQuest also made an £8,000 donation for the school’s Heinemann Active Maths scheme, which is part of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

Piper Alpha memorial garden restoration, January 2013

EnQuest is supporting Aberdeen City Council’s initiative to restore the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park in time for the 25th anniversary of the disaster in July 2013.

Aberdeen City Council is working with Oil & Gas UK and its members, and the Pound for Piper Trust, to transform the gardens to their former glory ensuring a fitting and respectful memorial to the 167 men who lost their lives in the world’s worst offshore tragedy.

The restoration works which are already underway include preparation of rose beds for planting in the spring, restocking rose beds with premium roses, soil analysis and plant maintenance programmes, rejuvenation of the grass areas, replanting of bulbs and shrubs, maintenance of benches, cleaning of the memorial itself and renewal of the memorial plaque.

David Heslop, General Manager UKCS, EnQuest said: “As a company whose business is focused on the UKCS, we felt very strongly about supporting the restoration programme. The industry has a responsibility to ensure the memory of those who died remains with us and that those affected by the tragedy have a place of solace, contemplation and reflection.”

Hair today, gone tomorrow, November 2012

EnQuest’s IT team, the ‘IT Tashformation Project’, raised over £1,510 for Movember, the month-long initiative to raise funds for, and awareness of, men’s health issues. Our wells delivery team, also known as ‘The Thistle Bristles’, raised £810 which they donated to EnQuest’s nominated charity, Archway.

Movember is a month long initiative to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

“Mo Bros” as participants are known, start November clean shaven and embark on a month-long journey to grow and groom moustaches – effectively becoming walking, talking billboards that raise awareness and open up dialogue around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

In 2011 Movember raised £79.3 million globally, £22 million of which was generated by the UK campaign.  The funds are directed to organisations such as Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research, and fund awareness and education campaigns, clinical research and survivorship programmes that provide support to men and their families affected by prostate and testicular cancer.

Archway success, October 2012

In keeping with our focus on developing sustainable relationships with a selected group of charities and organisations, EnQuest has nominated Archway as its chosen charity for the two years to March 2014. Archway is an independent Aberdeen-based organisation which supports adults and children with learning disabilities.

Administration Assistant Margaret Lamont is heavily involved in the fund-raising campaign, which aims to raise £100,000 to support Archway’s vision for the future – to build shared and permanent care housing, a day care centre for social and recreational activities, and a facility such as a café or workshop which create employment opportunities for some of the charity's clients.  

“£100,000 may seem ambitious, but we’d already raised over £30,000 after just seven months of the campaign, so I’m confident we’ll make our target.

“It’s so exciting to see everyone throw themselves into supporting Archway with such enthusiasm. Many of us have visited Archway’s facilities and have seen for ourselves how the charity’s fantastic work is improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities, and their families, in Aberdeen and throughout the north-east of Scotland.”

Fundraising activities to date include a bake day, a golf outing, a quiz night, as well as some more athletic colleagues raising funds by taking part in marathons and bike rides.

Olympic effort at the Corporate Decathlon, October 2012

Fittingly, Team EnQuest put an Olympic effort into the 2012 Corporate Decathlon.

EnQuest’s promotion from League 2 (for companies with fewer than 250 employees) to League 1 in 2012 proved challenging, putting the team up against 19 other companies including heavyweights like Wood Group, Shell and Halliburton.

However, in each of the events our company values of collaboration, passion, agility and focus came to the fore and saw the team achieve great success.

Highlights included a quarter-final place in the darts challenge, excellent performances in the charity challenges at the Highland Games gathering, and second-place finishes in the mountain bike event and the plate championship of the badminton challenge.

ENQUEST DONATES COMPUTERS TO FLOOD-HIT CHARITY

As a result of an IT hardware upgrade, EnQuest was able to donate 20 computers to Somebody Cares, a charity which offers vital support for those in need by providing food, furniture, household goods and clothing. The charity’s Aberdeen premises were twice hit by flooding with an estimated £3,000 worth of donated items, including computers and printers, destroyed after becoming submerged under 18 inches of water.

Brian Taylor, chief operating officer at Somebody Cares, said: “We are still counting the cost of the damage not only in terms of the repairs and having to rebuild our bank of donated goods but the clean-up operation which diverted valuable resources away from our primary focus of helping people in need. Somebody Cares is, for many people, their only lifeline and it’s thanks to the generosity of companies like EnQuest that we are able to continue to be here to offer our support.”