1 Jun 16

EDF Energy and its employees raise more than £965,000 for Marie Curie

  • Total funds raised are enough to pay for over 48,250 nursing hours
  • Employees exceeded their three year fundraising target in the first 15 months

EDF Energy is celebrating raising almost £1million for Marie Curie as its partnership with the charity comes to an end.

Employees have undertaken hundreds of activities, from hosting tea parties and bake sales across its 30 sites, to climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling the length of Great Britain. In addition, the company’s Business Energy Services team donated a £40,000 service to help identify and implement energy efficiency improvements at Marie Curie’s nine hospices.

After exceeding the initial three year fundraising target of £300,000 in just over a year, staff at EDF Energy went on to raise more than £665,000 for the charity. The company boosted the total raised by employees with £100,000 each year of the partnership taking the final amount to more than £965,000.

All the funds raised from the partnership will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s nine hospices.

Last year alone, the charity cared for more than 40,000 terminally ill patients across the UK and provided emotional support to their families. The money raised by EDF Energy employees is enough to provide more than 48,250 hours of hands-on nursing care and support.

The partnership extended beyond fundraising, with EDF Energy’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network raising awareness of the charity to help more people from ethnic minority communities better understand the services that Marie Curie provides.

Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer at EDF Energy, said: “This has been the most successful charity partnership that EDF Energy has been involved with.   The charity carries out vital work providing end of life care to patients and we’re proud to have supported them.”

Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie, said: “On behalf of everyone at Marie Curie, I want to thank EDF Energy for their incredible support over the last three years.  We have been overwhelmed by their fantastic efforts to raise funds so that we can continue to provide hands-on care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families across the UK.  Their fundraising efforts, combined with their energy review of our hospices, have made a lasting impact and will ensure we can do more and reach more people. Raising £965,000 is a phenomenal achievement and everyone at EDF Energy should be very proud of it.” 

The charity partnership finished at the end of April and employees across EDF Energy will be able to vote for a new charity partner later this year. Until then, the company will be supporting the British Paralympic Association’s campaign to Supercharge ParalympicsGB, raising funds to make sure that British athletes have the best possible support to compete at Rio 2016 and beyond.

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 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

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