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Power workers dress down for charity

Cakes and casual clothes helped raise over £1,000 for the Prince’s Trust today.

From Press releases - 21 March 2014 12:00 AM

Cakes and casual clothes helped raise over £1,000 for the Prince’s Trust today.

Staff at UK Power Networks held a charity day to support the work of the trust, which helps disadvantaged young people get their lives back on track.

Employees gave a donation in exchange for leaving their suits and ties at home and “dressing down” instead in jeans and sweatshirts.

They boosted the takings with a giant cake sale. Many staff volunteered to bake goodies and their effort made over £1,000 towards the cause.

UK Power Networks has been working with the Prince’s Trust over the past year. Last September, 22 employees took part in the trust’s charity bike ride and raised nearly £5,000 and on April 13, five others will be running the London Marathon for the cause.

Before today the team had already raised £8,000 towards our target of £9,500, so today’s events takes us almost up to our target with more donations coming in.

The Prince’s Trust supports 13 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of these young people are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems or they have been in trouble with the law. The trust’s programmes give them the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

Carolyn Nixon, Head of Communication and Engagement, co-ordinated the UK Power Networks charity day. She said: “It was fantastic to see so many members of staff from across the organisation getting involved today to help us get up to our target. We have built up a very close relationship with The Prince’s Trust and we know the wonderful work they do for young people throughout the areas that we serve. I knew that UK Power Networks staff would give generously but to raise over £1000 in one day has surpassed even my expectations and I’m sure it will make a huge difference. Now it’s up to our runners to do us proud in the London Marathon and I’m sure they will.”