10 Jun 14

EDF Energy exceeds target and raises over £349,000 for Marie Curie

~ Energy firm celebrates first year of charity partnership with Parliamentary reception ~
EDF Energy has marked the first year of its charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care by holding a Parliamentary reception. In 12 months the energy company and its employees have raised more than £349,000 for Marie Curie, which exceeds its target figure by nearly £150,000.

The reception was hosted by Michael McCann MP and attended by dozens of Parliamentarians, Marie Curie employees and members of staff from EDF Energy.

Marie Curie was selected as EDF Energy’s three-year charity partner in May 2013 by an employee vote, which more than 7,000 members of staff participated in. All of EDF Energy’s employees are encouraged to fundraise for the charity, and EDF Energy has pledged to match this fundraising by up to £100,000 for each year of the partnership.

The current fundraising total of £349,000, which includes employee fundraising and match-funding from EDF Energy, surpasses the company’s 12 month target by nearly £150,000. The money raised enables Marie Curie to fund 18 nurses to care for terminally ill people for one year.

EDF Energy employees from across the country have volunteered their time to fundraise for Marie Curie, organising events such as cake sales and raffles as well as sponsored marathons, mountain climbs, cycling events and swim-a-thons.

Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive, said: “We’ve seen overwhelming engagement from EDF Energy employees in our partnering with Marie Curie. The results to date are a testimony to this engagement.

“During a visit to Marie Curie’s Hampstead Hospice earlier this year, I have seen first-hand the vital work that this charity carries out. Marie Curie provides invaluable care and support to terminally ill people and their families. We’re very much looking forward to supporting this further in the next two years of our partnership.”

Fabian French, Director of Fundraising at Marie Curie, said: “Raising £349,000 is a massive achievement. We’ve been really impressed with the creativity that EDF Energy employees have shown in raising funds over the past 12 months.

"I would like to thank everyone at EDF Energy for the time and effort given to reach this amazing result. Their support will help us make a real difference to terminally ill people and their families across the UK.”

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