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Power workers go extra mile on charity trek

Around 400 staff at UK Power Networks went the extra mile to raise more than £40,000 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity (DofE).

From Press releases - 24 September 2019 12:00 AM

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The power company, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million customers across the South East, and London and East of England, saw its team put their best foot forward and walk more than 17,000km between them, the equivalent of Big Ben to the Sydney Opera House, at the DofE Adventure in Sussex.

The company’s employees made up the biggest group taking part in the massive fund raising event at Gallops Farm in the South Downs, which included overnight camping on Saturday (September 21). Participants chose to do a one-day 30km walk or a two-day hike of 50km either by following a signposted route or self-navigating for an additional challenge. 

Alex Sturge, head of engagement and development at UK Power Networks, said: “This is the third year our staff have taken part in the DofE Adventure and it was our highest turnout of participants yet.

“For our employees, the experience is unparalleled in the way it brings teams together and builds a culture of support. It’s also a great opportunity to raise funds for a fantastic cause, the DofE transforms the lives of young people and we are delighted to support them in this way.”

David Oates, interim chief executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said:
“The DofE Adventure is an opportunity for adults to push themselves out of their comfort zones, enjoy the great outdoors, build resilience and enhance teamwork skills, whilst raising funds to give more young people the opportunity to gain essential skills, experience and confidence by participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It is ideal for groups of employees to join together to achieve a common goal and we are grateful for the support of UK Power Networks colleagues and their continuing involvement in this initiative.”

Among those who completed the trek was Gordon Taylor, a reporting analyst who said: “It was a great day, with a very good sense of camaraderie between colleagues and everyone else we met on the walk. There’s no question it was challenging in places, particularly the big hill shortly after the first checkpoint, and it was pretty hot in the afternoon, but no complaints, definitely a worthwhile experience raising a lot of money for a good cause.”

Another to go the distance was Michael Horwood, public affairs manager who said: “Having done the Duke of Edinburgh when I was younger, it was fantastic to once again have the opportunity to raise money for the award. The atmosphere and the teamwork over the course of the event was a pleasure to be a part of.”

Joseph Kelly, trainee project engineer, said: “The location of the South Downs for the event was beautiful, visiting quaint villages, gorgeous rolling hills and well placed checkpoints along the way.

“The walk itself was challenging but really enjoyable and the feeling of relief and pride approaching the finishing line was something special.”