22 Jun 16

Hinkley Point B workers step out for charity

A GROUP of rugby-loving friends from West Somerset have raised more than £1,500 to help disabled and disadvantaged children by stepping out along the South West Coast Path.
Dave Dunster and Andy Eastaugh, who work at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point B power station near Bridgwater, were joined on the walk by Dave Lamb, who works for Minehead bagpipe makers David Naill and National Trust Holnicote Estate ranger Paul Camp. Tim Barrett was their support driver.
The four had aimed to complete the 36 miles-long Exmoor section of the coast path in just 15 hours but smashed their target by reaching journey’s end in 11 hours and 59 minutes.
As the group are all keen rugby fans, having played for Minehead Barbarians Rugby Club in the past and currently coach the club’s junior players, they decided to support the sport’s official charity, Wooden Spoon.
“We started at 4.30am in Combe Martin and managed a good pace all the way to Minehead,” said Dave Dunster.
“We had some fantastic support along the way with family and friends joining us for parts of the walk to keep us going.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Foxes Academy, David Naill and Co Ltd and Nicholls and sons Plumbing as these were our 'leg' sponsors while Western Power Distribution also gave a very generous donation.”
Their route took them through some of Somerset’s most spectacular scenery and included both gruelling uphill and downhill sections.
Peter Evans, Hinkley Point B station director, said: “I am extremely proud of the members of Team Hinkley who regularly give up their time to do the most amazing things for charity.
“Over the last five years our staff and contract partners have raised more than £85,000 for good causes.
"I'm a huge rugby fan myself and Andy and Dave have raised a fantastic amount of money for a very worthy rugby charity."
The team can still be sponsored through the website www.justgiving.com/DaveD-PaulC-DaveL.
Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 and supports life-changing projects that help to transform the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people across the UK and Ireland.
All money raised locally remains in the local community and to date more than £23 million has been given to help more than a million young people across the country.

For more information contact:

Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
01278 654535
07813 232385

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products 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 some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.