Kier welcomed 19 geologists from the Edinburgh Geological Society to its Greenburn surface mine operation in Ayrshire. The group was able to study the fresh exposures of the coal bearing rocks in the working faces without danger of interference from operatijng plant.
Kier Services in partnership with Islington Council and social enterprise Bright Sparks, launched the Ray Walk Recycling Centre after converting 40 disused garages into a workshop, office and recycling storage units. The scheme provides affordable furniture and electrical items to local people and reduces waste from void clearances.
On a cold Sunday morning, a determined team of ‘Kiermandos’ took on the Royal Marine Commando Challenge on Woodbury Common near Exeter. The Kiermandos achieved an impressive eighth position out of 38 teams, raising £1,467 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines.
The Kier-sponsored Warrington Under 19’s rugby team won the NW Raging Bull Colts A League for the second successive year in February 2014. The team now has its sights set on winning the Lancashire Cup and the RFU Northern championship.
Pupils got their first peek inside the new Gloucester Academy when the Kier Construction site team opened its doors early. The site team held a number of tours giving students the opportunity to get a real feel for their new school building and learn about the construction methods used.
A 12-strong team from Kier Homes took on the challenge to clean up part of Millbridge Brook at Gamlingay. To launch Kier Homes’ first ‘Community Action Day’ the team joined forces with Gamlingay Parish Council and local volunteers to clear rubbish from the brook, remove brambles and cut back overgrown hedges along the bank in just one day.
A team of nine from Kier Construction’s Newbury office took on the Clarendon Way Walk to raise funds for Naomi House Children’s Hospice. The ‘Weary Soles’ team has raised over £2,750 and are hoping to reach a total of £3,000.
In Dubai, team Kier took part in a charity football tournament to raise money for the Al Noor training centre, which supports children with special needs. There were some genuine displays of charity from the Kier defence, and although such sportsmanship won over the crowd, unfortunately the results weren’t sufficient to progress to the final round.
Around 1,000 pupils in the Harlow area took part in the ‘Crucial Crew’. Kier Harlow sponsored the annual event which this year focused on delivering information around recycling and environmental issues to teach awareness of how to dispose of rubbish in a responsible way.
Kier Construction’s mechanical & electrical team held a family fun day for Barnardo’s project Reading Community Mums and Dads, which works with families with young children in order to develop parenting capacity and build community networks. Kier's H mascot Kieran also made an appearance and helped the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service give a demonstration.
A team of intrepid walkers from KMI Plus in Wigan took part in the COINS 24 Peak Challenge. The 24-hour test of endurance, stamina and fitness involved conquering 24 peaks in the Lake District, each over 2,400 feet. Not only were they the fastest team, finishing in just 22 hours, but they were also the best fundraisers, collecting over £7,500 for the COINS Foundation.