Altrad NSG supervisor honoured for charity work
An Altrad NSG staff member has been recognised for his charity work with a national honour.
Scaffolding supervisor Mark Tipping and his wife Nicola were presented with British Citizen Awards for services to volunteering and charitable giving.
Each Christmas, Mark and Nicola decorate their home in Preston with 30,000 lights to bring their local community together and raise money for charity.
All the money raised goes towards three charities - Derian House Children's Hospice, CRFC Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Over the past few years Altrad NSG has supported Mark's charity work by donating thousands of pounds to pay for festive fireworks displays during the big 'switch on'.
Last year's switch on was the biggest to date, featuring a brass band, local radio DJ and a prize raffle.
Mark and Nicola, who live with their three sons, were invited to a prestigious ceremony at Westminster Palace in July. They were presented with their awards by Baroness Wilcox and Kieran Keane from awards supporter Places for People.
Mark said: "When we found out about the award we were extremely surprised - we never expected such recognition. We couldn't do it every year without the huge generosity of our local community.
"We always put Christmas lights outside our house, and as the children got older we gradually started putting more lights outside the house. One year a friend asked why we didn't do it to raise money for charity, so we did, and not stopped since - in total we've now raised around £35,000."
The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January this year to honour the incredible accomplishments of individuals in society who positively impact their communities. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise 'everyday' people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.
Altrad NSG has a strong commitment to charitable causes, supporting a range of organisations including The Steven Gerrard Foundation and Shrewsbury House Youth and Community Centre in Merseyside.