29 Aug 13

Hinkley Point fun run raises serious money

Charity was the big winner of a recent Fun Run, with Hinkley Point workers raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

The annual event is a joint effort between employees at Hinkley Point A and B power stations and proposed C construction site and this year (held in July) attracted 57 entrants. Employees of Magnox and EDF Energy and contract partners ran on behalf of their respective company charities, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mike Harrison, B station director, said: "It was a great team effort, with volunteer marshals, refreshment stands and enthusiastic cheering to help us over the finish line on a particularly hot day. Both charities are very worthy causes and we're delighted to see so much money raised through sponsorship from our colleagues, families and friends."

Lee Talbot, Hinkley A site director, said: “The fun run has been a feature on the Hinkley calendar for some years so it’s great to see the tradition continuing. It is a hugely popular event with our workforce and it’s an added bonus that we are able to raise some money for our respective site charities.”

The operational costs of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance helicopter are £1.5m a year, or approximately £4,000 per day. They receive no funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public to ensure they keep flying.

Since the charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care was launched on 1 May 2013, EDF Energy staff and contract partners at Hinkley Point have already raised over £9,000, which is set to be match-funded by the company. The funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses provide many more hours of free care to people with terminal illnesses at home and in the charity’s hospices. Last year, the charity provided care to more than 35,000 patients and emotional support for their loved ones.