16 July 2014
40 npower employees have taken to the nation’s highest peak in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the company’s charity partner.
The Ben Nevis challenge is part of a 2014 employee ‘10 for 10’ campaign to mark 10 years of partnership between Macmillan and npower. The campaign aims to help Macmillan ensure no one has to face cancer alone by raising £150,000, which the energy supplier vows to match pound for pound.
This weekend, employees from across the country tackled the UK’s tallest mountain in the wind and rain, with special guest climber Sophie Greenberg of Macmillan.
Sophie Greenberg, Corporate Volunteering Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “I’d like to say huge congratulations to everyone from npower who took on the Ben Nevis challenge for Macmillan. The team spirit on the hike was fantastic, and to have completed the challenge in just one weekend is no mean feat.”
The npower team have raised over £9,000 for the Ben Nevis challenge. Thanks to them and thousands of others at npower, the value of the 10-year partnership has now grown in excess of £8m.
Sophie continued, “All the money that npower employees have raised by volunteering their time to take part in this challenge will help Macmillan to ensure that no one faces cancer alone, so we’re very thankful.”
Clare McDougall, Head of Community at npower, was pleased that her npower colleagues have helped to make a positive impact on those living with cancer. She said, “Macmillan means a lot to the people of npower, and the fact that we’ve already raised over £85,000 this year for this life-changing charity is testament to that.”
Part of the money raised will go towards funding new Energy Advisors on the Macmillan Support Line. These advisors refer people living with cancer, who are struggling to pay their energy bills, to the partnership’s Fuel Management Programme – as well as other schemes.
Clare continued, “As cancer and its treatment can result in people feeling the cold more, we’ve worked with Macmillan on our joint Fuel Management Programme which takes away the anxiety of energy bills for thousands of cancer patients – helping them to keep warm and concentrate on recovery without the worry.”
If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like more details on the Fuel Management Programme, please call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000. Alternatively, if you would like more information on what npower does to support Macmillan, please visit npower.com/Macmillan.
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Notes to editors
The 2014 campaign is otherwise known as ‘10 for 10’ and aims to support anyone affected by cancer who will receive Macmillan’s care.
It also aims to support those people affected by cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills
The Fuel Management Programme has been running since 2008, has helped over 2000 people and has seen £1.5m investment.
So far in 2014, RWE npower has already written of £244k of energy debt through this programme, as well as invested £359k on new heating systems for people affected by cancer
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk