22 Mar 17

Hunterston B power station support for North Ayrshire children’s club

A holiday club that caters for pupils at two of North Ayrshire’s special needs schools has been given a financial boost by Hunterston B power station.

EDF Energy, which operates the station, has donated £8,000 from its Scottish Charity Fund to the Butterfly Club.

The charity was formed by the parents of pupils at James MacFarlane School in Ardrossan and Haysholm School in Irvine. It gives pupils the chance to take part in a range of activities during the school holidays which help reduce their isolation and improve their quality of life while providing respite for families and carers.

The money will help the club to provide specialist care for the children and support a range of activities including cooking, music, drama, swimming, trips to the cinema and horse riding.

Over the past year EDF Energy has donated more than £100,000 to Scottish charities. Most of that money has benefitted groups near to its bases at Hunterston B, East Kilbride and Torness.

Hunterston B Station Director, Colin Weir said: “The Butterfly Club provides a crucial service to the children and families of James MacFarlane and Haysholm schools so I was delighted to be able to visit James MacFarlane School recently to hand over our donation to their funds.  While I was there I was fortunate enough to meet some of the pupils and parents who use the club during the summer. It was great to hear about the activities the club runs and way these benefit the children.”

The Butterfly Club’s chairperson, Emma Lambert said "I was overwhelmed when we heard of this generous donation. I'm sure I speak on behalf of all the children and families who use the service when I say how grateful we all are. With grants becoming harder to get this money will really put us in good stead for this year’s club and will be spent on outings and activities for our Butterflies to enjoy their summer." 

For more information on the Butterfly Club and to donate you can visit www.butterflyclub.org.

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and 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 organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. 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.