Proserv Controls CEO Davis Larssen presents fundraising cheque to Outward Bound
Posted: January 16, 2020
Proserv Controls CEO Davis Larssen visited the offices of The Outward Bound Trust in Glasgow earlier this week to hand over a cheque for more than £18,000 to the charity’s Senior Account Manager, Scotland, Lisa Hunter, following a year of fundraising efforts by the firm’s employees across the country.
Outward Bound was selected as Proserv’s charity of the year for the UK due to its excellent, and challenging, outdoor learning courses that enable young people to develop the attitudes, skills and behaviours they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Last summer a group of Proserv’s apprentices and young professionals undertook a week-long Outward Bound future talent programme at Eskdale in the Lake District, building their capabilities in problem solving, teamwork and leadership. One of the highlights of the course was climbing Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
Davis Larssen commented, “We chose The Outward Bound Trust as our UK charity for 2019 due to its long-standing reputation for empowering young people with new skills, and growing their confidence, as they set out on their life journeys.
“Not only have our colleagues at Proserv Controls gained personally from experiencing the type of course that Outward Bound offers, but seeing so many young people from within our local community in Aberdeen also having access to these valuable programmes has been particularly rewarding.
“We hope that our fundraising efforts, and the subsequent opportunity to participate in Outward Bound’s outdoor activities, will have made a positive impact on a number of young lives.”
The company’s relationship with Outward Bound through 2019 was very much a partnership, so that any funds raised by Proserv directly enabled pupils from Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen, close to the firm’s UK headquarters, to experience the charity’s courses.
Several members of the company’s workforce, acting as employee ambassadors, supported and assisted the academy’s students on a three-day leadership course at Loch Eil, near Fort William.
Martin Donaldson, Director – Scotland & Innovation at The Outward Bound Trust said, “The Outward Bound Trust in Scotland is very grateful for the fantastic support from Proserv’s UK sites and staff. Their fundraising donation of £18,489.54 was instrumental in enabling a total of 110 young people from Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen to participate in Outward Bound courses in 2019.
“Through that Outward Bound experience, the young people have developed their confidence and self-belief, they have improved their resilience and determination, so they are able to defy their limitations, face challenges and achieve their goals – qualities that will enable them to thrive in education, work and life. Without the generous support of Proserv, this would not have been possible.”
Proserv’s fund-raising activities through 2019 consisted of a fun and varied series of events, including bake sakes, quiz nights, raffles and race nights. The firm’s employees raised more than £9,000 via these initiatives before the company matched the sum generated, as Davis Larssen had promised at the start of the year, taking the final total above £18,000.
To learn more about The Outward Bound Trust visit https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/