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23/06/2011: Electricity North West keeps Kendal connected with man in uniform

Residents of Kendal will see their electricity supply being maintained in style this week, as Electricity North West pays tribute to Armed Forces Week.

Simon Walton, 23, is a Line Auditor at Electricity North West and is also a reservist for the Royal Air Force Air Training Corps (ATC) at its base in Kendal. As part of Armed Forces Week, and to raise public support of those serving in the Armed Forces, he will be wearing his RAF uniform to work.

Simon has just been promoted to Flight Lieutenant and appointed as Kendal’s Commanding Officer at the Kendal base. His regular employer, Electricity North West, is one of six UK distribution network operators and connects more than five million businesses and consumers in the North West to the grid. The company allows him leave to progress his ATC career and was equally happy to support him in the national Awareness Week.

“I’ve worked with Electricity North West for seven years, having joined as an apprentice in 2004 and worked my way up to my current role at the company’s depot in Kendal,” says Simon. “The leadership skills I’ve acquired in the RAF have given me confidence in my job at Electricity North West. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the training and experiences I have had.”

Simon’s day begins with an audit of the area’s lines and cables from his desk, before he heads out in his Electricity North West van to oversee essential maintenance – so both colleagues and Kendal residents will be able to enjoy this local man in uniform.

“We are delighted to support our employees throughout the North West and Simon’s involvement in Armed Forces Week is an example of this,” said his line manager Martyn Welch. “Our auditors oversee essential checks and maintenance all over the region, so we hope as many people will see him as possible, to raise awareness of a very good cause.”

Simon added: “This week will raise awareness of everything the Armed Forces does. It is a fantastic vocation and I am really lucky that Electricity North West allows me the flexibility to do it.”

Armed Forces Week culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June which will see a range of different fundraising events across the country and a coffee morning to be held at Kendal Town Hall.

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