M6 Smart Motorways to Cheadle

Carillion Kier joint venture has the bear necessities! 

Our Carillion Kier joint venture (CKJV) joined the Where's the bear? challenge helping to get the mascot from the M6 J16-19 smart motorway site at Sandbach to his destination in Cheadle. Site engineer Charlotte Ball, championed the team with James Barbour, Kate Robson, Ian Moore, Nick Tindall, aided and abetted by Cheshire Traffic Police and St Luke’s Hospice, Sandbach.

After spending some time with the team to ’ paws on site’ for photographs, our mascot was apprehended by Sergeant Hackett of Cheshire constabulary in a ‘police panda’ and taken from site to Alsager main square.

‘Bearly’ having time to draw breathe, panda was swiftly met by the cycle team of two; Ian and Nick (two paws are always better than one) who biked their way cross country to Caldon canal, Cheddleston through wind, rain, puncture and one fall!

Here our black and white friend was cruised 5 miles downstream in an inflatable kayak by Kate and Michael to Froghall. A short walk later saw them reach the train station, slightly wet!

It was then all aboard the St Luke’s Hospice route master bus. On board there was time for a brief bear hug and ‘bearmance’ between St Luke’s mascot bear (aka James Barbour) and our panda before the team arrived at Kier Cheadle site ‘fur’ the handover to the awaiting team and his onward journey.

All the team agreed that it was ‘fur a very impawtant claws!’

Through a luxury prize raffle the CKJV team were able to raise £1550 for the Kier Foundation and £250 to be donated to our project charity and event supporters, St Luke’s Hospice, who provide a range of services to those living with life limiting services in Cheshire (Special thanks to Bill Morris, hospice volunteer and bus driver for his help on the day).

Thanks also go to our supporters and office staff Colin Healey for his BIM support and co-ordination with the urenco team, Sarah Woods, Gill Morris for the loan of her kayak and navigational skills and Sam Maidment for the photos and comms.


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