The Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
of the
 Wilts & Berks Canal Trust


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January 2013


The chairman of the local branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has received international recognition for his “outstanding” support.

Derek Flexer is a manager for Motorola Solutions but in his spare time he is chairman of the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne volunteers.

Last year the 53-year-old donated nearly 300 hours to restore the waterway between Melksham and Chippenham.
In recognition of his hard work, Motorola has presented him with a ‘Service Corps Award’ and a $500 grant for the charity.

He was the only UK recipient of the quarterly award. Others were recognised for their voluntary work in North America, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

Derek said: “I’m delighted that an international organisation has taken such a keen interest in the restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal.

“Motorola is a strong believer in corporate social responsibility, encouraging and supporting staff to make a difference in their local communities.

“Their award will help to raise the profile of the charity and may even encourage some of my own colleagues to get involved!”

Motorola spokesperson Simon Craddock said: “We are dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter. Around the world, our employees fulfil that mission by helping their communities.

“Through the Motorola Solutions Service Corps, our employee volunteer programme, we support the outstanding work these individuals donate. In addition to company recognition, each award comes with a £500 grant to the employee’s chosen charity.”

Derek has asked that the money be put towards the ongoing restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal near Lacock.

For more information about the local Branch of the Trust you can visit their Web site

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