2011 – Year of the Ivor

As the end of 2011 nears, the Scheme takes a look back at what Ivor’s been doing over the last 12 months, and it’s safe to say he has been extremely busy!

Ivor has managed 218 visits in total since January, including 140 school visits, 25 site visits and attending 53 other events. Ivor has also been doing his bit for charity recently and has helped many companies raise money for good causes nationwide.

At the beginning of September, Ivor was invited by Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd to test his limits in a 40 mile walk for charity. The 14 strong team including walkers, support members and Ivor tackled the famous Lyke Wake Walk across the North York Moors to raise money for Herriot Hospice Homecare; a charity which provides care for terminally ill patients who wish to remain at home. The walkers, who were all employees of the FT Group’s companies: Walter Thompson; Tom Willoughby; Langtons; and Wares, embarked on their expedition at midnight on Friday 9th September from Osmotherley and completed the gruelling walk mid-afternoon the following day at Ravenscar.

Ivor barely had time to recover when he was asked to take part in an ‘It’s A Knockout!’ competition along with Cruden Group Limited at Salford City Red stadium, to raise funds for the Salfordian Trust. Cruden competed as ‘Carry on Cruden’ and were supported by industry mascot Ivor Goodsite, who was a hit with the children all day and even scored the team some bonus points! The team came third out of 17 teams on the day after a series of whacky and wonderful games. Good job!

Continuing with charity events, Ivor more recently joined over 225 runners and 330 walkers who took part in Balfour Beatty’s A46 Highway Hobble. This 10km charity event was staged on Sunday 16th October, on a 5km stretch of the new dual carriageway between Elston and Farndon before it opens for traffic in a few weeks, with members of the public invited to run or walk along the new northbound carriageway and return on the southbound.

Ivor made it over the finishing line with time to spare and gave much needed motivation to those taking part. More than 60 good causes will benefit from the event, including a number of school and parish council groups, as well as local and national charities such as Poppy Appeal, RAF Newton Memorial Fund, Cancer Research and Help for Heroes. The main beneficiary was Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, who received all the entry fees from the Hobble, as well as additional sponsorship from nearly a third of participants.

As well as the ever-popular fun packs that Ivor can hand out to the children he meets at these events, he now has his own range of children’s PPE. These are available to purchase for £10 + VAT per set from the Scheme, and includes an Ivor Goodsite branded hi vis jacket and hard hat, which is made to the EN397 specification. Please click here for more information.

Ivor still has a number of events to attend to before the year is out and then he can have a rest over the Christmas period. After that, he’ll be back out doing his visits, and who knows what 2012 will have in store for him!

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.