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Power workers raise £5,000 for Prince’s Trust

Electricity workers pedalled their hearts out in the annual Palace2Palace bike ride to raise money for the Prince’s Trust.

From Press releases - 8 October 2019 12:00 AM

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A team of 38 employees from UK Power Networks raised more than £5,000 for charity by completing one of two circuits starting at Buckingham Palace and finishing at Windsor Castle.

This is the sixth year employees have taken part in the bike ride and six opted to cycle the 90-mile route while the rest did 45 miles. They were given a good send off by UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella.

The Prince's Trust supports unemployed 13 to 30-year-olds and students at risk of being excluded from school. Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. Many of the young people the Prince's Trust help, are in care or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

Alex Sturge, head of communications, engagement and development at UK Power Networks, said: “It was great to see so many of our staff get involved to raise money for a fantastic cause. This event ties in with our company vision to be an employer of choice and a respected corporate citizen.”

It was a day of personal achievement for participants including Jeremy Harper, a project designer from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. He said: “It was a truly epic ride. It was challenging mentally and physically brutal but it was all outweighed by the glorious scenery of the Surrey Hills – an area of outstanding beauty and I had a huge sense of achievement in crossing the finishing line.”

Another go to the distance was Daniel Clayden, a field engineer based in Falconwood, Welling. He said: “It was hard going and the hills we faced at about 30 miles almost broke me. When I saw the finish line in sight a massive sense of achievement hit me. I am so grateful to the company for this day.”

Joe Ash, a graduate business analyst from Finsbury Park, London, added: “It was a real challenge, the furthest I’ve ever cycled in one go and towards the end I was exhausted, but once you see Windsor Castle and realise you’re almost finished you get this sudden rush of euphoria where you realise exactly what you’ve done. Waking up early, cycling for hours, raising all that money for charity, it felt fantastic to appreciate all that you’ve accomplished.”