EDF Energy in East Kilbride plays Secret Santa to local children
Staff at EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office have been sharing their Christmas spirit with children in the area through their annual Christmas Giving Tree.
Each year staff based in the town’s GSO Business Park place presents under the office Christmas tree which are handed over to South Lanarkshire Council’s social work department. The presents are then passed on children who otherwise may not receive a gift on the 25th of December.
East Kilbride MSP, Linda Fabiani visited the offices to officially hand-over 288 presents on behalf of EDF Energy, the largest number donated in one year. Staff have given almost 1500 gifts over the past seven years.
Finance Shared Services Director, Robert Gilhooly, said: “The Christmas Giving Tree has become an annual tradition at our East Kilbride office and over the years representatives from the council’s social work department have told us many stories about the children who receive these gifts which help us appreciate what a difference it makes.
“Christmas should be a happy time spent with family and friends but for some it can be really difficult as the financial pressures they are feeling come to a head. We know that this donation will not solve the problems these families are facing but we hope that ensuring the children have a present from Santa on Christmas morning will help make this time of year a little brighter.”
Linda Fabiani, MSP, said: “As ever, I am delighted to be part of this generous and thoughtful initiative by the team. The EDF Energy staff fundraise all year for various charitable concerns, but every Christmas their spirit of goodwill surpasses expectations. I know that those who’re having a hard time this festive season will really appreciate this effort.”
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.