Hunterston B worker tackles Three Peaks for charity
A member of staff at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station has conquered the United Kingdom’s three highest peaks for charity.
Ardrossan man Martin Gaetano (21) who is a project planner at the station put his skills to good use to mastermind the challenge which he completed with four of his friends.
The group successfully climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in the Highlands in a time of 28 hours. This included the drive between each of the peaks.
Martin, Blair Morrison (22, Stevenson), Alistair Boyd (22, Saltcoats), Christopher Barclay and Calum McLuckie (both 21, Ardrossan) have raised more than £1,600 for Beatson Cancer Charity which provides patients and their families support as they fight cancer.
Martin said: “I came up with the idea as I thought it would be something fun to do after completing Goat Fell on Arran a couple of times. When I looked into it more, I realised it would be much more of a challenge so we decided to do it for charity. A couple of the boys have had family who have been cared for by the Beatson so they seemed a good choice.”
“Ben Nevis was undoubtedly the biggest challenge especially as we completed it on the Sunday after climbing the first two on the Saturday. It felt endless but we made it to the top. The best part of the weekend for me, alongside raising the money, was the comradery amongst the group.”
The group scaled and descended Snowdon in two and a half hours and Scafell Pike in two and three quarter hours. They kept highest peak to last and climbed Ben Nevis in four and a half hours.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
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.