10 Jun 15

Heysham duo take mountain challenge for Marie Curie

TWO of Heysham 1’s team are set hit the heights to raise money for EDF Energy’s charity of the year – Marie Curie.

Amy Marchment and Damien Murphy are heading to Africa in October to climb the continent’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro.

Amy, 21 from Morecambe said: “I’ve climbed Helvellyn and Scafell Pike before, but I have never tackled anything like this before. I decided to do it as I was feeling a bit adventurous and other apprentices I know have taken on the challenge. I then convinced Damien to join me.

“I’m going to need a lot of training, I’ve got a personal trainer at DW Gym to help me improve my stretch and endurance and I’ve started walking to work when I can, which is around six miles there and back to help me get used to walking frequently.

“I’m also planning to join a walking club and tackle the three peaks challenge in June as part of my preparation.

“I’ve never done any specific charity work before, but due to personal experience I’ve also signed up to help out in a befriending scheme, which involves visiting elderly or vulnerable people who live alone and may be lonely and need a friendly face to talk to.  I think it’s important to do what you can to help others.

“As part of the fundraising I’m planning to organise quite a few events and collections both at the power station and in the community to help raise as much money as possible. Anyone who wishes to support or get involved is more than welcome.”

Damien, 25, from Lancaster said: “I’m always keen to take on a challenge and this is a once in a lifetime experience to not only climb one of the world’s highest mountains, but to also help people.

“I’ve seen others do it and hopefully with some training and support we’ll be able to make a success of the trip and also raise thousands of pounds.”

Damien and Amy face an initial challenge of raising £5000 to secure their places on the adventure and have been running a series of fund-raising activities at Heysham 1, and they have already raised half of that total. They chose Marie Curie as it offers vital support within the Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham area.

Since partnering with Marie Curie two years ago, EDF Energy staff have raised more than £460,000 for the charity. The partnership is now entering its final year.

To support Amy and Damien or to contribute please donate via https://www.justgiving.com/teams/AmyandDamo1

Notes to editors

EDF Energy in the North West

In the North West EDF Energy operates Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 power stations which employ over 1,100 staff and 400 contracting partners. As well as generating enough power to serve some four million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to over 190,000 customers with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Urenco UK Ltd, Morrisons, Jaguar Land Rover Limited and PPG Industries UK Ltd, right here in the North West. 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.