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Bake sales for Nepal earthquake appeal

Electricity staff showed their support for Nepal’s earthquake victims today.

From Press releases - 1 May 2015 12:00 AM

Electricity staff showed their support for Nepal’s earthquake victims today.

Hundreds of UK Power Networks’ staff took part in bake sales and dress down days raising over £3,290 for the earthquake appeal by the British Red Cross, the company’s charity partner.

Volunteers from the Nepal Red Cross have been searching for survivors in the rubble of collapsed homes, providing first aid for the wounded and running blood banks. The British Red Cross is sending aid workers, goods from regional warehouses and funds as part of the international response. 

At UK Power Networks, company-wide events to support their work were held in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Bircholt Road, Maidstone, Brunel Way, Colchester, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, Barton Road, Bury St Edmunds, John Kennedy Road, Kings Lynn and Bidder Street, West Ham. A dosa stall at the company’s office at Elephant and Castle, London, raised more than £1,000.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to the doors of more than eight million properties in the South East, London and East Anglia and invests in a charity partnership with the British Red Cross to support vulnerable customers on the priority services register during power cuts. Next week is British Red Cross Week (May 5 to 11), highlighting the vital work the charity does at home and abroad in bringing relief to vulnerable people during times of crisis.

Carolyn Nixon, head of communication and engagement at UK Power Networks, said: “British Red Cross volunteers help our most vulnerable customers during power cuts. Today our staff wanted to show their usual appreciation for the important role they play in our business while helping the charity’s urgent work in Nepal in a disaster area on an unimaginable scale. We’ve all seen the upsetting scenes in Nepal on the news and our staff felt compelled to do their bit to help.”

Thousands of people died in the huge earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday, flattening buildings and shattering communities. The Red Cross appeal will bring in urgently-needed support including food, safe drinking water, emergency shelter and medical equipment.

Laura Deacon, community fundraising manager at the Red Cross, said: “We are very grateful to everyone at UK Power Networks for their generosity in organising this event. There is an enormous humanitarian operation underway in Nepal to provide survivors with basic shelter, sanitation and food. The task ahead is mammoth but support such as this will make a huge difference.”