Panther Helps Human Energy Light Up Royal Albert Hall

Lutterworth, United Kingdom, July 02, 2011 --( Panther, part of powered access leaders Lavendon Access Services, played an important role in WWF’s (formerly World Wildlife Fund) "Earth Hour" climate change event at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

During Earth Hour, the world’s biggest campaign against climate change, major landmarks were plunged into darkness for 60 minutes as power was switched off. The event was organised by the conservation charity to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Television presenter Kirsty Gallacher headed up a team of 60 cyclists that generated power on bicycles to project images of endangered species onto giant screens on the Royal Albert Hall.

WWF was supported by Carillion, who, through Speedy, enlisted the help of Lavendon Access Service’s Panther brand to provide the powered access equipment that quickly and safely put the screens into position on the outside of the famous London landmark.

Speedy and its powered access partner Lavendon Access Services supplied a V20 truck mount, at no cost, to support the project. As well as providing almost 20 metres of working height, the boom was articulated so was able to extend up and over the awning of the Royal Albert Hall.

Simon Hannak, Lead Category Manager at Carillion, said: “From everyone within the Carillion supply chain team we would like to thank Lavendon and Speedy for their great support during Earth Hour 2011. They played a vital role in ensuring that our client’s flagship London event was a great success.

“Together we provided WWF with a cherry picker and operator to attach an Earth Hour banner onto the Royal Albert Hall on which images, powered by human energy, were projected to raise awareness on climate change.”

Rachel Bloodworth, Earth Hour Communications Manager, said: “It was a great way for people to feel close to the spirit of Earth Hour. Everyone worked together to be part of this truly global event that inspires hundreds of millions of people to take positive action to protect the natural world. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a great success.”

For further information regarding Panther or Lavendon Access Services please contact Emily Lowth: +44 (0)1455 206719 or email:

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