14 Jul 14

Dungeness B Apprentices take to the skies for Marie Curie

Lewis Saunders (16) from Tenterden and James Palmer (18) from Ashford took to the skies at an airfield in Salisbury with 15 other colleagues and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. With the sky dive and other charity events like bag packing at a supermarket, the group have raised a grand total of more than £6,000.

James Palmer first year apprentice at Dungeness B, said; “It was awesome. Apart from raising the funds for charity the highlight for me was the rotation once we left the aircraft. It was over too quickly.”

The team are all in their first year of a four year EDF Energy apprenticeship scheme, which sees them spend the first two years in training at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth. The next two years are spent working at one of the nuclear power stations.

Apprentice manager at HMS Sultan, Ian Williams said: “It was really fantastic to see the apprentices planning and organising this skydive experience which not only gives them the thrill of a lifetime but also help to raise funds for the Marie Curie. This charity work helps them develop as individuals and helps build their characters. As the students are only here at HMS Sultan for the first 2 years of their career it is important that they make the very most of the opportunities available to do something different, which for some may never come around again.”

Lucy Herron, Senior Corporate Account Manager, Marie Curie, said: “We’re really grateful for the tremendous support of EDF Energy’s apprentices. Their daring fundraising efforts are truly appreciated and will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in our nine hospices.”