Staff oversee water plan

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Ten employees from Peterborough’s BGL Group have embarked on an exciting trip to Laos in South East Asia to view work that has been funded by the firm to construct gravity-flow water systems to provide clean water to six villages, which are home to 3,400 people.

As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, BGL has donated more than £105,000 to support Plan International construction of the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project.

More than 200 employees from the group applied for the chance to travel to Laos.

The selected team will visit communities in the Oudomxay Province that have benefited from the new water system, travel down the Mekong River, and spend time in the country’s capital, Vientiane and UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang.

Adam Heuman, head of major partnerships at Plan UK, said: “The commitment of BGL and its employees to make a difference to children and their communities around the world is inspiring.

“Their support will enable Plan to help more children move from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

“During their visit to their water and sanitation project, BGL staff will experience first-hand the challenges for communities in rural Laos and understand the life-saving impact of clean water.”

Matthew Donaldson, BGL Group chief executive, said: “We’re extremely proud of our CSR programme and its impact on a local, national and international level.

“The work we have funded in Laos has had a dramatic impact, and this visit will be a fantastic, and enormously memorable, experience for the team.

“It will show them the real-life impact of our CSR programme, and we all look forward to seeing and hearing about their experiences when they get back.”