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Energy staff name their charity of the year

UK Power Networks staff have named Age UK as their charity of the year.

From Press releases - 20 February 2017 12:00 AM

Age UK came top in a vote by hundreds of staff to decide the charity they will support through fundraising and volunteering events in 2017.

Events will start on March 3 with a dress down day across the company’s offices.

Last year staff raised over £34,000 for a mixture of charities through events such as dress-down days, car washes, head shaves, bake sales, cycle rides and a rowing challenge.

Carolyn Nixon, head of communications and engagement at UK Power Networks, said: “Helping older people in our communities is really important to us and we look forward to raising vital funds for our new charity of the year.

“We are delighted to continue supporting Age UK’s work. They already help us raise awareness of our Priority Services Register, a free and confidential service we want all pensioners to know about as it helps to provide peace of mind in the event of a power cut.”

UK Power Networks has worked with Age UK since 2014 to help older people by funding practical help and support through energy efficiency checks at home and identifying unclaimed benefits, to ensure they can afford to heat their homes.

Staff at UK Power Networks have also taken part in Age UK’s telephone friendship service, giving their time to make weekly friendship calls to older people living alone.

Age UK is a national charity supporting older people and their families in communities across England, including the areas where UK Power Networks delivers electricity supplies.