Lankelma believes it should play its part in supporting charities and communities both at home and abroad.
Supporting local sport
We have supported a number of local sports teams, including Iden Cricket Club, the athletics and cricket teams of Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford and Beckley Rangers under-15s football team, which plays in the Ashford and District Youth League.
Raising awareness of plastic pollution
In 2019 we supported Ocean 5, a team of rowers taking part in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise awareness of plastic waste in the ocean.
The team rowed 4,800km from the Canary Islands to Antigua over approx. 40 days, coping with wind, waves and storms along the way.
The Ocean 5 raised funds for the Plastic Soup Foundation, a charity that works to reduce the amount of plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans.
This is an issue close to our hearts – Lankelma’s team includes some keen sailors and we strive to reduce the impact of our work on marine environments. This includes preventing any rubbish getting into the sea; using environmentally-friendly products wherever possible and minimising waste from our drilling and testing operations.
Big Blue Ocean Cleanup
We also support the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, a charity that aims is to stop rubbish entering our oceans by driving positive change towards sustainable living, enabling cleaner oceans for not only ourselves but all marine life.
Lankelma helped fund Ashford and Team GB paratriathlete Adrian Heathfield’s goal of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Adrian was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempt, due to injury, and has since switched to paracycling.
Giving economic support to communities around the world
We recruit and train staff from Sussex and Kent whenever possible. Many of our staff move to the area when they join us and continue to stay for many years.
We also use local staff and suppliers when we work overseas, as it can help improve the skills of local people and boost economies. This type of support is particularly important in developing countries. When we carried out an offshore project at the height of the Ebola crisis in Guinea, west Africa in 2014, we made sure local operatives were kept in work, when other companies pulled out of the region.