This Thursday, 8th November, the local Business Community will be making a splash as representatives dare to take part in the thrilling ‘Dunker Challenge,’ at HOTA’s Malmo Road Survival Training Centre in Hull.
The ‘Dunker,’ is the nickname for the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training simulator, which is a major part of the training for delegates working in the Offshore Industry.
The simulator, capable of a 180-degree revolution, is used to teach those travelling by helicopter safe escape procedures should the helicopter hit water.
At present 50 daring individuals from organisations including KCom, Hull City & East Riding Council, Axida, A.B Rooms, HETA, Goldsmiths Jewellers, McAusland & Turner, Riverside and Hull Daily Mail will take part in the challenge between 14.00 and 20.00 hrs. with all funds raised being donated to Dove House Hospice and Hornsea Rescue supported by HEY Smile Foundation.
After 25 years as HOTA’s General Manager, Linda Ellis will shortly be retiring and she has chosen Dove House Hospice and Hornsea Rescue as the beneficiaries from what will the final “Dunk” of her reign.
The Charity Event is part of the celebrations to mark HOTA’s 25th Anniversary. Linda Ellis, General Manager stated “HOTA has come a long way in 25 years from a small rented office in the City Centre and two employees to three major sites in Hull today and a team of 46.”
As a Charity HOTA has continuously ploughed back surplus funds into expanding and diversifying its facilities and, today, it is one of this country’s leading Training Organisations.
HOTA has this year been proud to celebrate its close links with the Fire Service and also give thanks for the support received from the local business community through sponsorship at both the Humberside Fire & Rescue Community Awards and Chamber Bridlington & Yorkshire Coast Business Awards (CBYCBA).