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Monday 31 Oct. 2016  

Staying safe on the water

An activity centre has been able to buy vital equipment to help keep visitors safe on the water, thanks to support from ExxonMobil at Fawley.

The QE2 Activity Centre, which is based at Manor Farm Country Park, Bursledon, provides day services, holidays and activity sessions for people of all ages with additional needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairment.

Activities include canoeing, kayaking and motorboating, as well as land-based challenges such as a ropes course, zipwire, archery and climbing.

Earlier this year, the activity centre approached ExxonMobil Fawley for help in purchasing some new safety equipment for use on the water. A contribution of £400 was made, which has now been used to buy 10 bright red buoyancy aids.

Phil Oates, manager of the centre, said: “We are very grateful for the support from ExxonMobil at Fawley. The donation helps make sure that everyone taking part in water-based activities at QE2 Activity Centre has a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil Fawley, said: “Safety is the number one priority for us at Fawley, so to be able to help keep people at the centre safe on the water was something we were delighted to support. “

For more information about ExxonMobil at Fawley, visit To find out more about the QE2 Activity Centre, visit

Picture caption: Service users of PIP, a London-based charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, try on the new buoyancy aids at the QE2 Activity Centre.

Notes for editors:

  • ExxonMobil at Fawley is the collective name given to Esso Petroleum Company Limited and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited which are part of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
  • The Fawley refinery is the largest in the UK. Approximately one in six cars in the UK operates on fuel produced at Fawley.
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation is the world’s leading publicly-traded petroleum and natural gas company.
  • Approximately 75,000 employees work for ExxonMobil across six continents with more than 1,000 employees working at Fawley.
  • Over the past six years, ExxonMobil has contributed in excess of £1m in community support.