About Pound for Piper

The Piper Alpha Memorial in Aberdeen's Hazelhead Garden commemorates the 167 souls who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster.

The Pound for Piper Memorial Trust aims to raise £1million by the 6th July 2013 in order to repair the memorial and pay for the upkeep of the gardens and memorial for many years to come.

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About the Pound for Piper Memorial Trust

Pound for Piper was set up by 3 ladies – Carol Banks, Lucy Norval and Pat Ballantyne, with the aim to raise £1million by the 6th July 2013. All the money raised will go towards restoring the Piper Alpha Memorial in Hazlehead Park to a fitting state to remember the 167 men who lost their lives. The campaign will last for just 1 year, and it is hoped the money raised will go towards the upkeep for many years to come.

The memorial- created by Sculpture Sue Jane Taylor, who visited the platform and spent time with some of the men just the previous year - has the names of all 167 men who perished engraved on the pink granite plinth alongside their ages was unveiled in Aberdeen on the 3rd Anniversary of the disaster in 1991. Encased within a casket on the south facing wall is the remains of all those men who could never be identified. It has since fallen into a horrendous state of disrepair and is offensive not just to the men, but to their memory and legacy.

Piper Alpha exploded on the 6th July 1988 in the North Sea, killing 167 men – fathers, sons, brothers and lovers. It left just 61 survivors.
That night, there were 4 explosions. The heat rose to over 700C – hot enough to melt your hard hat. Fireballs were coming at you at the speed of lightening. Men jumped from 70ft into the sea, from 84ft, 5 men jumped 175ft from the helideck, 3 died on impact.

It was the world’s worst ever offshore disaster. Within 2 hours the Piper Alpha went from being one of the world’s largest oil producers, to a burning wreckage.

Lord Cullens report published in 1990 made 106 recommendations that have changed the safety culture not just offshore, but in so many industries.

We want to ensure that these 167 men, who lost their lives in such a cruel way are given not just a fitting memorial, but a fitting resting place.

Lest We Forget.