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Power workers break fund raising record

Power workers are celebrating a record year of fund raising for their favourite charities.

From Press releases - 16 April 2015 12:00 AM

Power workers are celebrating a record year of fund raising for their favourite charities.

They raised over £91,000 for good causes last year and they are using Fundraising Week from April 13 to 17 to invite ideas from colleagues for future fund raising events.

UK Power Networks brings electricity to the doors of 8.1million customers in London, the South East and East Anglia. While keeping the lights on for homes and businesses their 5,600 staff raised the money by sleeping rough, dodging wet sponges, jumping out of planes, washing cars, climbing mountains, waxing legs, baking cakes, running marathons and cycling.

A few of the charities to benefit included Action for Children, The Prince’s Trust, Comic Relief, Macmillan Cancer Support, Prostate Cancer and the British Red Cross.

Dozens of staff secured matched funding from the company to make their fund raising efforts stretch even further by up to £100 each. Employees also donated over £44,000 straight from their wages to their chosen charities last year through a Give as You Earn scheme.

Carolyn Nixon, head of communication and engagement at UK Power Networks, said: “This is the most we’ve ever raised for our chosen charities in a single year and it is a true reflection of the hard work our employees have spontaneously dedicated to causes close to their hearts.

“We recognise the importance of supporting charities that provide a valuable service to our communities. Our employees are encouraged to spend two working days working in their community through our volunteering scheme and this includes time spent fund raising.

“We encourage our employees to put forward suggestions for charities they wish to support. This can be local or national charities. For every pound an employee raises for charity the company matches this up to £100 and our staff can apply up to three times a year.”

Some of the fund raising highlights included:
• Chris Arbon, from the customer service centre in Ipswich, refusing to let a fear of flying stop him from skydiving. He raised over £1,400 for the Woolverstone Wish charity.
• Great British Bake Off contestant, Iain Watters, picked the winner of a baking contest at head office in London helping to raise £5,430 for Macmillan Cancer Support
• Seventeen staff from the IT department spent a chilly night sleeping rough in the shadow of London’s Tower Bridge and raised more than £30,000 for Action for Children
• A group of 32 staff cycled from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, raising more than £5,000 for the Prince’s Trust in the ‘Palace-to-Palace’ bike ride.
• Colleagues from Crawley climbed Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, to support fund raising for a new cancer centre being built at Guy’s Hospital in London.