2 Mar 15

Dunbar basics bank benefits from Torness power station fun run

A group of 19 hardy runners from EDF Energy’s Torness power station have pulled on their trainers to compete in a four mile run to raise five hundred pounds for the Dunbar Basics Bank. The basics bank is organised by Dunbar Parish Church in partnership with the Edinburgh City Mission.

The run is held every year at the nuclear power station and the person who raises the most money chooses which charity it goes to. The Basics Bank is a referral only service which provides people with food, toiletries and household cleaning products, aiming to provide the basic needs for people and their dependants for four days of their week. It covers Dunbar and the surrounding villages of Belhaven, East Linton, Innerwick, Oldhamstocks, Stenton, Spott, Tyninghame and West Barns.

Lorraine Gilchrist, a volunteer from the Dunbar Basics Bank, said “We are delighted to receive this very generous donation. The money will be used to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to supplement the tinned and dried goods that we already give to our clients. This greatly helps us in our aim to give our clients a well balanced and nutritious diet. We also really appreciate the ongoing support of the Torness staff who donate regularly into the donation drum on site.”

The four mile run route is a circuit of Thorntonloch beach, the seawall, Skateraw beach, Chapel Point and the return is via the old A1 road. This year’s run winner is 28 year old Peter Paxton from Dunbar. He picked up the Bob Wilson trophy from the man himself. Bob is a retired shift engineer at Torness who donated the prize.

Torness power station director, Paul Winkle, said “I am really pleased the money has gone to such a good local cause. It is really important to give to the Basics Bank and at Torness we have donation drums so our employees can get involved.

“Well done to all the runners and to Peter on his win and special thanks to Bob Wilson who never fails to support this event in person every year.”

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Notes to editors

Pictured are some of the Torness runners and Bob Wilson handing over his trophy to Peter Paxton.

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.