Hunterston B workers take to the sky for charity
Three dare-devil members of staff at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station have taken part in a charity skydive to raise money for the company’s official charity partner, Breast Cancer Now.
Sharon Blackett, Pamela Malcolm and Lizzy Kerr recently took the plunge at the Big Pink Jump skydive in Durham along with EDF Energy colleagues from across the country. The trio have raised more than £2,000 for the charity.
They jumped from a height of 10,000 feet, free-falling for 5,000 feet before their parachutes were deployed.
Pamela said: “Our first four attempts were cancelled due to weather conditions but we finally managed to complete our charity skydive. My adrenaline was pumping as we took to the skies and before I knew it I was at the edge of the aeroplane door and straight out into freefall. The best part of the whole experience was the freefall; it felt so peaceful. Luckily the instructor had all the work to do so I got to enjoy the experience whilst raising money for a fantastic charity.”
Sharon said: “My favourite part was the feeling of freedom and the views experienced during freefall. I was also able to manoeuvre the parachute while descending which was fantastic. It was an amazing experience with the added benefit of raising funds for an important charity.”
Lizzy said: “Absolutely brilliant. I could not wipe the smile off my face all day.”
Their sponsorship brings the amount of money raised by workers at Hunterston B to more than £9,000 since October 2016 through activities including a race-night gate-collections and raffles. Company-wide EDF Energy has reached its first year target of raising £100,000 in just nine months.
Breast Cancer Now is Scotland’s leading breast cancer research charity, dedicated to stopping women dying from breast cancer. Its aim is that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
The charity funds cutting-edge research into the disease, collaborating with the brightest researchers and foremost organisations from around the world. Breast Cancer Now supports nearly 450 scientists working at 29 research locations in 24 cities across the UK and Ireland.
Mary Allison, Director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said: “What an amazing achievement from our daring supporters Sharon Pamela and Lizzy! Congratulations to you all and a huge thank you from everyone at Breast Cancer Now.
“We are incredibly grateful to all of the staff at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B Power Station for their brilliant fundraising efforts, which have raised a fantastic amount of money to support ground-breaking breast cancer research.”
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.