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Powering up Ben Nevis for charity

Power company workers are putting their energy into a fundraising assault on Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

From Press releases - 25 July 2014 12:00 AM

Power company workers are putting their energy into a fundraising assault on Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Twenty one colleagues from UK Power Networks in Crawley plan to climb the 1,344m (4,480ft) peak on Sunday, July 26.

They hope their efforts will raise several thousand pounds towards a new cancer centre being built at Guy’s Hospital in London.

It’s old ground for organiser John Ritchie, who has climbed Ben Nevis five times before. His last attempt was thwarted when a mix-up meant his kit was left behind. The weather was so bad he was forced to give up.

John, a general duties assistant at UK Power Networks, said: “I’m determined to do it this time. Everyone is in training – at least, I am and I hope the others are – and I think it will take us about nine hours.

“There’s no danger of my bag being left behind this time as we’ve got everything finely organised including a coach to take us there and back.”

The team includes men and women from a range of jobs including finance, IT and asset management and they will be joined by three friends from outside UK Power Networks.

Guy’s is a cause dear to John’s heart and he has devoted a lot of time to fundraising for it over the past few years. His stepson Ross died there a few years ago at the age of three and John said: “I was deeply affected by the work Guy’s does. I’ve been raising money for the hospital ever since.”

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UK Power Networks is the company that keeps the lights on for more than eight million customers across the South East, London and the East of England.