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Staff raise more than £6,000 for Help for Heroes

An annual golf and fishing event organised by UK Power Networks staff has raised more than £6,000 for a Colchester-based charity.

From Press releases - 26 June 2015 12:00 AM

An annual golf and fishing event organised by UK Power Networks staff has raised more than £6,000 for a Colchester-based charity.

More than 100 competitors took to the greens and fishing lake at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex last Friday to raise funds for Chavasse VC House – a Help for Heroes Recovery Centre for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

The annual charity event – its fifth year at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club – was attended by more than 200 UK Power Networks staff and contractors, together with their family and friends.

UK Power Networks owns and runs the vast network of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations which deliver electricity to the doors of eight million customers across the east of England, the South East and London.
 
Area manager Stuart Varney, the charity committee chairman, said “We are really pleased so many people took part – and even the weather played ball by staying dry.

“This is the third year we have raised money for Help for Heroes and while we’re still counting the money from Friday’s event, I think what we have raised will bring the total raised over the last three years to £25,000.”

Last year, the money raised helped complete the Heroes Garden project and this year’s proceeds will go towards maintaining the peaceful haven.

Steve Schollar, Head of Recovery (East), said: “Once again the generosity and support of UK Power Networks means that Help for Heroes can continue to deliver direct practical support to our wounded, injured and sick veterans, families and serving personnel.

“Our injured men and women need support long into the future and the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres are best placed to provide this. We offer a one-stop-shop of welfare guidance in our Support Hub, psychological wellbeing advice from our BACP registered psychotherapist as well as health and physical wellbeing programmes that include holistic activities such as yoga and Pilates.

“Without the public’s support none of this would be possible.”

Staff at UK Power Networks are already busy organising next year’s fundraiser, which will be held at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club on July 8, 2016, and will be in aid of UK Breast Cancer and prostate cancer charity Men United.