17 Oct 16

Breast Cancer Now and EDF Energy partner for three years to raise money for vital research

  • Breast Cancer Now and EDF Energy announce three year partnership
  • The partnership will generate fundraising of nearly half a million pounds to support vital research
  • Announcement comes during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with EDF Energy holding a week of events to raise funds and awareness

Breast Cancer Now and EDF Energy are announcing a three year partnership; with the aim of raising nearly half a million pounds for vital research into the disease.

Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, was chosen as EDF Energy’s next charity partner in an employee vote, with thousands of employees across the company taking part. Their vote to join forces with Breast Cancer Now makes the company an important part of reaching the charity’s stated ambition: that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

EDF Energy is aiming to raise £450,000 for Breast Cancer Now over the next three years, through fundraising activity.

The new partnership is being launched during this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which EDF Energy employees are marking with a week of activities, wearing pink. They’ll be showing their support by holding lots of fundraising events, taking collections at site entrances, and even competing between sites to see who can generate the most donations.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with EDF Energy, who have pledged to raise £450,000 for us over the next three years.

“EDF Energy and its staff have been so enthusiastic about raising money for the cutting-edge research carried out by Breast Cancer Now scientists to stop this devastating disease.”

Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer of EDF Energy, said:

"I am delighted to announce that Breast Cancer Now, Britain’s largest breast cancer charity, will be our charity partner for the next three years.

“Thousands of EDF Energy employees used their vote to join with Breast Cancer Now and support the ambition that by 2050, everybody who develops breast cancer will live. We look forward to supporting this goal through fundraising activities and raising awareness amongst all our employees.

“We have formally supported charitable organisations for a number of years and this is just one part of our approach to being a responsible and sustainable business; investing in our people and the communities we serve.”

EDF Energy also plans to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst their employees nationwide with a programme of activities during the three years of the partnership, starting by encouraging staff to download the #breastchecknow app. The app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play, helps people get into the habit of checking their breasts regularly by setting up a plan that’s simple, easy and fits in with their lifestyle.

For more information contact:

Craig Owen
External Communications Officer - Customers

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to over 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/