Charity, it is said, begins at home and Ogilvie Group, parent company of multi award-winning vehicle leasing and fleet management company Ogilvie Fleet, has donated £1,000 to help a member of staff change lives by printing 3D hands for people in need.
Stephen Davies, a computer aided design operator in the Swansea office of Ogilvie Fleet sister surveying company, Ogilvie Geomatics, started a fundraising campaign to raise £1,000 to buy a 3D printer that would allow him to print hands for children with wrists but no fingers or elbows.
Mr Davies, who was born with one hand himself, started the campaign after discovering the e-NABLE community of volunteers, which create, innovate, re-design and give support to those that need it. Together, they design and print hands out of lightweight, strong biodegradable plastic that change children’s lives.
The money donated by Ogilvie Group will allow Mr Davies to purchase a 3D printer and work with e-NABLE to design and print hands for children anywhere in the world. He said: “I discovered e-NABLE when I was looking for a little extra help of my own. The organisation worked with me to design a 3D hand for free and inspired me to help others.
“I’m really grateful to Ogilvie for getting behind me and supporting the campaign. Once I have the printer, I’ll be paired with children from anywhere in the world who send through measurements for me to print a prototype and then progress to the final working model. “We can print them in any style or colour and the kids can even have a superhero styled hand like Batman or Iron Man if they want.”
Ogilvie Fleet sales and marketing director Nick Hardy said: “Every year across the Ogilvie Group, including employees across the fleet business, money is raised which is then donated to a wide variety of charities frequently nominated by staff. We are delighted that on this occasion we are able to help one of our own employees.”
Presenting a cheque for £1,000, to Mr Davies, Duncan Ogilvie, chief executive, Ogilvie Group, said: “Steve’s story is inspirational and his colleagues across the company wanted to help as soon as they heard about his plans. £500 was raised from staff donations and the Group matched that amount to reach the target of £1,000. "We’re delighted that Steve is now equipped to work with e-NABLE and change the lives of children all over the world.