Hunterston B team takes on the Five Ferry Challenge
A group of EDF Energy staff and contractors from Hunterston B power station have completed a gruelling cycle challenge to raise money for a charity that helps the families of sick children.
The team of eight with a support team of two took on the Five Ferry Challenge which incorporates four cycle legs and five ferry crossings over the course of one day in and around North Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde.
The route, which is known for its breathtaking scenery, takes in some hilly terrain and the cycle legs cover a distance of 51 miles.
They have raised more than £1400 for Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow. The charity provides a home away from home for the families of sick children so that they can stay nearby while their child is in hospital.
David Wilkie, who helped to co-ordinate the station team, said: “We set ourselves a target of raising £1000 so we are thrilled to have been able to exceed that by some distance. It was a tough challenge, lots of hills and some hail along the way, but we had a great time and it was all for a good cause. The niece of one of the team has had treatment for cancer in the U.S. and her parents stayed in a Ronald McDonald house they were there. That is why we decided to raise funds for the house in Glasgow.”
The team started at Weymss Bay, finished at Ardrossan and took in places like Rothesay, Portavadie, Lochranza, Tarbert and Clonaig along the way.
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You can find out more about the Five Ferry Challenge at www.5ferrychallenge.com.
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.