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The local parent and toddler group at St Mary's Church in Partington, Playaway, received a boost to their toy fund courtesy of the apprentices at Sisk, one of the main civil contractors involved in the construction of Carrington Power Station.

The apprentices, based in Ireland, built the wooden toys as part of their training programme. Working alongside Alstom and DF, Sisk were keen for the toys to be played with after they were shipped over. Playaway seemed an obvious choice.

Irene Jones, who runs Playaway, said: "We were overwhelmed with both the quality and quantity of the toys given to us. They were perfect for the age range of the group and included a Wendy House, easel, shape sorters and push along seats and rockers. The children's favourite seems to be the Sisk HGV truck, which pulls apart into many sections."

Alstom representative Tony Wilson said: "We were really impressed by the build quality of the toys and are delighted that they've found a good home at Playaway."

Pat Cole from Sisk said: "It was great to see the toys being used and we're hoping that another batch will be available in the near future."

Playaway meets every Wednesday morning at 10.00 in St George's Hall at St Mary's Church.
The Rev. Peter Geddes said "Playaway is open to all parents and tots in the area. It's a friendly group where children can play safely and parents and carers can catch up over a cup of coffee."


In the UK, Alstom has built and now maintains and operates over half the country's gas-fired power plants, including a 1,650MW plant in Nottinghamshire, a 2,160MW plant in Pembrokeshire, a 900MW plant in Devon and a 1,275MW plant in Kent.
At Carrington, Alstom will be responsible for supplying, commissioning and maintaining the power generating equipment, including two gas turbines, two steam turbines and two heat recovery steam generators.
Alstom has been active in Manchester for many years. The Virgin trains that run between Manchester and London were designed and built by Alstom, who now maintain them at a dedicated depot in Longsight, employing around 300 people.

DF specialises in the development of complex, integrated projects such as gas-fired power stations, industrial plants and fuel storage. The company carries out end-to-end project processes that include engineering, procurement, construction, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

At Carrington, DF will be responsible for all the civil works, electrical and mechanical works and the construction and balance of the plant equipment.

Carrington Power
The new power station is being developed by Carrington Power Limited, which is owned by ESB.
ESB is the leading Irish energy company and has operations in over 35 countries, including Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

John Sisk & Son
John Sisk & Son is a fifth generation, 150 year old family business. The company was founded in Ireland in 1859 and it has grown from a small local builder to an international construction company, now part of the strong and diversified Sisk Group. Working in the domestic markets of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, Sisk has expertise in a wide range of specialist sectors, including:

Energy; industrial; process industries; residential; commercial; retail; public works; rail; hotel and leisure; and civil engineering

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Robin Herron
John Sisk & Son Ltd

Photo Caption: (Right to left) Irene Jones, Playaway, Rev. Peter Geddes, Joanne Sheehan from DF, Pat Cole from John Sisk & Son Tony Wilson (far left) from Alstom. Playaway group with the toys.