1 May 13

EDF Energy announces three-year charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care

(L-R) Sally Cottrell, EDF Energy's Community Investment Manager and Lucy Caslon, Marie Curie's Senior Corporate Account Manager at the charity's West Midlands Hospice.

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon energy, has announced a three-year charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The company aims to raise £600,000 for Marie Curie during the relationship, including EDF Energy match-funding employees’ fundraising by up to £100,000 each year. As well as monetary support, EDF Energy will be working with Marie Curie to provide energy advice to the charity’s hospices as well as to their patients.

The charity was selected by an internal employee vote, with more than 7,000 members of staff across EDF Energy taking part.

All the funds raised from the partnership will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more free 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 35,000 terminally ill patients across the UK and provided emotional support to their families.

Chief Executive, Vincent de Rivaz, said: "I’m delighted to welcome Marie Curie Cancer Care as EDF Energy’s new charity partner. The charity carries out vital work providing end of life care to patients and we look forward to supporting their activities through fundraising and volunteering.

“Over the next few months we will explore ways to help the work of Marie Curie further, sharing skills and providing energy advice to the charity as well as to the people they support.”

Marie Curie’s regional fundraising coordinators will be visiting EDF Energy’s sites across England and Scotland this month to introduce employees to the charity’s work, as well as informing them of the many volunteering and fundraising opportunities available for them get involved in, such as the charity’s forthcoming annual summer ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’.

A Marie Curie Nurse at the charity's West Midlands Hospice.

Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “We are thrilled to be selected as EDF Energy’s new charity partner. The crucial funds raised from the partnership will ensure that Marie Curie Nurses are able to provide significantly more care to terminally ill people throughout the country. Everyone at Marie Curie is excited about working together with EDF Energy staff to make a valuable difference to patients and their families at the time when they most need support.”

The partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care follows on from EDF Energy’s previous highly successful three-year charity partnership with the British Paralympic Association (BPA) between 2010 and 2013. The BPA is the charity responsible for selecting, preparing, funding and managing Great Britain’s teams at the Paralympic Games and also supports disability sports at grass roots level.

During the relationship EDF Energy and its employees raised more than £650,000 for the BPA, exceeding the initial fundraising target. The company also worked with the organisation to reduce its environmental impact through its ‘Greening the Team’ initiative. As a result, the BPA achieved a world-first, with the ParalympicsGB 2012 preparation camp in Bath becoming the first event of its kind to receive a global gold accreditation for sustainability from the Council for Responsible Sport.

EDF Energy announced in March that it will to continue to work with the British Paralympic Association after agreeing a four-year sponsorship deal with the organisation and ParalympicsGB.