Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems, has awarded a sponsorship grant to the Pilgrim Bandits Charity to enable injured soldiers to retrace a famous, extremely hazardous WW2 mission. Operation Frankton was a strategic attack on German shipping in the French port of Bordeaux between 7th and 12th December 1942, carried out by a small unit of canoe-sculling Royal Marines as part of Combined Operations.
May 30st June 8th 2014 will see nine injured soldiers kayak over 90 gruelling miles up the Girond river from the Bay of Biscay to the port of Bordeaux. Doncasters Ben Parkinson MBE, who suffered wounds including the loss of both legs above the knee and a severe brain injury, whilst on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan 2006 joins triple-amputee Ex- Cpl Andy Reid, from St Helens who lost both legs along with his right arm in Afghanistan in 2009, Sapper Jimmy Wilson a double amputee from Lymington in Hants and Sgt Colin Hamilton a single leg amputee from 3 Scots in Inverness.
Managing Director for Franke Sissons, Andy Dukelow (a former soldier himself), explains. These lads are an inspiration. They carry out these amazing expeditions and then take their life changing experiences into schools and care settings for young people to demonstrate that absolutely anything is possible if you try hard enough. Its their work with the young people that really impresses me. Well be bringing the lads to a school in the Chesterfield area soon so that they too can benefit from the inspiration I get by being in their company.
Franke Sissons is well known for its support of local charities like Nenna Kind, Ashgate Hospice and supporting youth sport in the area. The company has been part of the fabric of Chesterfield for over 200 years and today employs over 100 people and operates a successful apprenticeship programme. Currently it produces a range of washroom and catering products in stainless steel and solid surface materials for the commercial sectors of the building industry.