1 Sep 14

EDF Energy and its employees raise more than £400,000 for Marie Curie

  • Employees have exceeded their three-year fundraising target in just fifteen months
  • Staff at the company’s Dungeness B power station celebrate with a Bloomin’ Great Tea Party 

Just fifteen months after Marie Curie became EDF Energy’s new charity partner, employees have already exceeded the fundraising target set for the duration of the entire three-year partnership.

Staff at Dungeness B power station in Kent have contributed through various events including sky-diving, marathon running and a week-long initiative in July called “The BIG week”. They are celebrating this news in style with a Bloomin’ Great Tea Party, raising yet more money for the charity.

Steve Coates, plant manager at Dungeness B said: “From “beating the goalie” to jumping from the skies, the staff here at Dungeness B have been really creative with raising money for the company’s charity partner. Reaching the target in under half the time that they were given is an amazing achievement and is down to the enthusiasm, energy and passion of our employees and contract partners, and their extraordinary fundraising efforts. I know everyone has had a lot of fun getting involved.”

The target for three year partnership is £300,000 and within fifteen months employees from EDF Energy sites across the nation have raised £331,917. With the £100,000 first year match-funding from EDF the total raised for the charity is over £430,000. The funds raised are enough to pay for 16,595 nursing hours or 21 nurses for one year. 

Fabian French, Director of Fundraising at Marie Curie, added: “To have raised so much, so quickly is a fantastic achievement. Every single member of staff who has been involved and every pound donated helps us care for more terminally ill people and their families. The money raised so far will really help us to continue to care for people living with terminal illnesses as well as vital emotional support for their families.”

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Notes to editors

    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 6 million business and residential 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 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

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