9 Jul 14

Hunterston B Apprentices take to the skies for Marie Curie

Three dare devil Hunterston B power station apprentices have taken part in a sky dive with a group of their colleagues to raise money for EDF Energy’s charity partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Jordan Walker (19) from Kilwinning, Conor Logie (18) from Irvine and Rachel Pellegrini (18) from Ardrossan all took to the skies at an airfield in Salisbury with 14 other colleagues and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. With the sky dive and other charity events like bag packing at a supermarket, the group have raised a grand total of more than £6,000.

Rachel said, “"It was the best experience I've had in my life so far and it has encouraged me to push myself to try new things! I definitely would recommend people to do a sky dive."

The team are all in their first year of a four year EDF Energy Engineering Apprenticeship scheme which sees them spend the first two years in training at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth. The next two years are spent working at one of the nuclear power stations.

Apprentice manager at HMS Sultan, Ian Williams said: “It was really fantastic to see the apprentices planning and organising this skydive experience which not only gives them the thrill of a lifetime but also help to raise funds for the Marie Curie. This charity work helps them develop as individuals and helps build their characters. As the students are only here at HMS Sultan for the first 2 years of their career it is important that they make the very most of the opportunities available to do something different, which for some may never come around again.”

Hunterston B power station director Colin Weir said, “I am really proud of the three apprentices and the whole team for raising this money in such a daring way. This will be the first of many rewarding challenges for them all in their careers at EDF Energy.”

Lucy Herron, Senior Corporate Account Manager, Marie Curie, said: “We’re really grateful for the tremendous support of EDF Energy’s apprentices. Their daring fundraising efforts are truly appreciated and will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in our nine hospices.”