NISSAN has played its part in a major charity challenge by providing staff from Kier Construction, the construction division of Kier Group, with a 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van.
The business, which has regional building and major infrastructure projects around the UK, is in the middle of its 2020 Challenge, visiting as many construction sites around the country using only green, non-motorised transport.
Involving more than 2,000 employees, the challenge began at Kier’s most northerly site in Orkney and is finishing at its most southerly in Truro. The company hopes to raise more than £200,000 for a range of charities along the way, including the company’s corporate charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society, and Walking with the Wounded.
Nissan joined the crusade during the Manchester leg of the trip, supplying a support vehicle — an e-NV200 van — that collected donations for Manchester Homelessness Partnership and held supplies as employees cycled and walked their way to the next destination.
Philip Chadwick, operations director at Kier Construction Northern, said: “Having Nissan assist us on our leg of the journey was invaluable — especially when negotiating the Snake Pass and distributing items to our nominated homeless charities.
“The aim is to complete the challenge using green transport, and the e-NV200 was the perfect assistant for our quest.”
Simon Timmins, who facilitated the loan of the e-NV200, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Kier on this particular leg of the trip, and the charities they are supporting. We wish them well on the rest of their challenge.”