EDF Energy East Kilbride staff give holiday boost to area’s needy children
A charity that provides holidays each year for hundreds of disadvantaged children in the Greater Glasgow area has been given a boost by kind-hearted staff at EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office.
A group of 14 employees recently visited Wemyss Bay to give the five static caravans owned by the Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme a spring clean ahead of the new holiday season.
While there the group handed over a cheque for £8000 from EDF Energy’s Scottish Charities Fund and a range of goods donated by staff, including games, kitchenware, toasters, microwaves, televisions and a hoover.
Over the past year EDF Energy has donated more than £100,000 to Scottish charities. Most of that money has benefitted groups near to our bases at East Kilbride, Hunterston and Torness.
Robert Gilhooly, Principal Tenant for EDF Energy in East Kilbride, said: “When speaking to those at the charity it is clear how valuable a break from day-to-day life can be for some of the area’s most disadvantaged families. Everyone at the East Kilbride site is delighted that EDF Energy has been able to support such a worthwhile cause with both funds and staff time. Our people did a wonderful job of gathering donations of everything from toys to kitchen equipment to make sure the vans are ready for this year’s visitors.”
The group took part in the spring clean as part of EDF Energy’s Helping Hands volunteering programme which gives employees the chance to spend two days of company time supporting local community and environmental projects.
By donating their time and energy, employees build relationships with community groups and charities. In 2016 EDF Energy staff in Scotland carried out more than 800 volunteer hours for local groups and charities.
Beverly Lynch from EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office said: “The team pitched in to clean the caravans and replenish them with the donations we had brought along. While we were there staff from the charity told us about some of the children whose lives had been changed by having the chance to have a break in one of the holiday homes which gave us a really strong drive to work. It was a great day and everyone felt proud to have been part of it”.
The Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme has been helping children who do not normally have the chance to go on holiday for more than 60 years.
As well as caravan holidays the charity also provides holidays for individual children with volunteer host families and runs a Christmas gift scheme.
Douglas Wilson from Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme said: “We are delighted with the support from EDF Energy. The financial contribution of £8,000 is wonderful and enables us to operate and run one of our caravans for a full holiday season ensuring around 30 families and 75 children get a break they otherwise would not get. We were overwhelmed with the donations we received and those will help to ensure a high standard of accommodation. Holidays can have such a positive impact on people’s general health and wellbeing and create happy memories. For example twelve-year-old Cameron went on holiday for the first time last month. He went swimming 3 times, spent hours outside in the play park and loved having the freedom to explore. On behalf of Cameron and all the children who will benefit; thank you”.
You can find out more about the Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme by visiting http://www.glasgowchildrensholidayscheme.org.uk/.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
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.