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GSK mark 70 years in south Cumbria with glittering ball

Published on: Friday 18th January 2019
Categorised under: Work , GSK, Manufacturing, Technology, Ulverston

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline hosted a ball to celebrate 70 years based in the south Cumbrian town of Ulverston.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) opened its Ulverston factory in North Lonsdale Road, back in 1948, focused on producing penicillin.

The portfolio has grown to 46 different products in the last 70 years, with antibiotics remaining a key part of its work.

GSK hosted a ball for their employees at the town’s Coronation Hall to mark the significant landmark.

Hundreds of employees dressed to the nines to party with colleagues and to give back to the local community.

The night was serviced by local caterers, bands, florist and a locally themed and sourced menu.

The flowers were auctioned off at the close of the event to raise money for St Mary's Hospice.

GSK also ran two separate evenings to allow all shift workers to attend one party to celebrate.

Phil Wilson, site director at GSK, said it is great to celebrate 70 years of GSK in Ulverston.

He said: “It’s been another great opportunity to spend time with the site and their partners celebrating our 70th year.

"The Coronation Hall is an amazing asset for the town and a beautiful venue.

"The team there yet again hosted a fabulous evening and it was a delight to see the employees of the GSK site really enjoying themselves.

"An added bonus was ‘selling’ the beautiful table decorations from Bluebell and Ivy at the end of the evening and handing over the money to St Mary’s.”

It is the second time in recent weeks that GSK has donated to the hospice.

Last month, it gave £20,000 after employees came out in favour of the hospice in a token-based vote between four local charities.

Mel Dixon, community development manager at St Mary's Hospice, attended the ball with her husband, who also works at GSK.

Mrs Dixon said the company have always been full of support and thanked them for their donations once more.

She said: "We cannot thank GSK enough for all the support they have shown us during their 70th anniversary celebrations.

"As an organisation we rely heavily on the support of our community.

"It is to our advantage that local organisations and business can be rest assured that their donations will be used to directly support local people and their families at the most difficult of times."

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