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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Sellafield says it with flowers to thank Cumbrian businessman

A kind-hearted gym owner has asked for a donation of community flowers rather than cash after Sellafield took over his car park for the day.

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From left, assistant to the supply chain ombudsman Leanne Ditchburn, Energus Events administrator Faye Temple, owner of Xtreme Fitness Lee Butterworth and Sellafield Ltd’s supply chain ombudsman Stuart Wilson

Lee Butterworth, owner of Xtreme Fitness at Lillyhall and founder of Copeland Action Group (CAG), allowed the nuclear plant to use his site as an overfill facility for a supplier forum, held at the Energus Centre.

But instead of accepting payment, Lee asked Sellafield and Energus to send him plants in lieu, to support the work of CAG in the local community.

Lee plans to brighten local care home gardens and community areas with the floral donation.

With more than 4,000 members joining CAG’s Facebook group, Sellafield Ltd said it was “proud” to be one of the growing number of businesses and residents supporting the group as they clean up west Cumbria.

Lee said: “'This would have been money I was getting for doing pretty much nothing really, so what better and more rewarding thing is there than to help local people? The look on people’s faces is worth more than the monetary value.”

Stuart Wilson, Sellafield Ltd’s supply chain ombudsman, and his assistant Leanne Ditchburn presented the plants to Lee along with Energus events administrator, Faye Temple.

Stuart said: “It was a great gesture by Lee to allow our delegates to use his premises for overflow parking and, as a company, Sellafield Ltd is always keen to support community initiatives like this.”

Faye added: “Energus was delighted to be involved in assisting Lee with his project. It’s always great to see someone giving back to the community and we hope to keep working with Lee and the Copeland Action Group in the future.”

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