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Bakers rise to a marathon challenge

Energy workers made raising money for UK Power Networks’ marathon team a piece of cake today.

From Press releases - 20 February 2015 12:00 AM

Energy workers made raising money for UK Power Networks’ marathon team a piece of cake today.

Staff baked home-made treats for pop-up patisseries at UK Power Networks offices and depots in London, the South East and East Anglia today. The event made almost £1,600 for The Prince’s Trust.

Alice Verry, a commercial lawyer based in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, is running her first marathon on April 26. She rustled up brownies and gingerbread men to support the cause and was bowled over by support from colleagues at the firm which delivers electricity supplies across over a quarter of Britain.

“Everyone is getting on board,” said Alice, 28, from Taranaki, New Zealand, who is 13 weeks into her training and has already clocked up 340 miles. “I’m very excited to be running the London Marathon. I enjoy a challenge and thought it would be an incredible event to tick off while living in London.

“The Prince’s Trust is a really worthy charity. Those helped are often in or leaving care, struggling at school, or facing issues like homelessness or mental health problems. Helping these people see opportunities, develop self-worth and achieve stability can be a real turning point.”

Alice is one of five employees running the London Marathon who have their sights set on raising £10,000 for the company’s chosen charity this year. They are following hot on the heels of last year’s team which smashed their target by raising more than £13,000 for disadvantaged young people.

A spokesperson from The Prince’s Trust said: “We would like to send a big thank-you to staff at UK Power Networks for all their fund-raising efforts in the run-up to the marathon. The money raised will help us to change the lives of young people who need our support the most.

“Good luck to all staff taking part in this year’s marathon.”

Bake sales and dress-down days were held at the electricity firm’s offices in London, Crawley, Maidstone, Heathrow, Ipswich, Potters Bar and Colchester to help the runners reach their fund-raising target.

The Prince’s Trust provides help and support by developing workplace skills for 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. Since 1976, they have helped more than 750,000 young people.

Three in four young people helped by the Trust move into work, education or training.