19 Dec 16

Local children benefit from EDF Energy East Kilbride’s Christmas Giving Tree

 Staff at EDF Energy have been playing Santa to some of East Kilbride’s most in need children. Every year employees at the office in the GSO Business Park leave presents under the ‘Christmas Giving Tree’ which are then passed on to children in the area whose families are facing hardship. 

The presents were handed over to South Lanarkshire Council’s Social Work Department by local MSP Linda Fabiani on behalf of the company.

Robert Gilhooly, one of the Directors based at the office, said: “Christmas is a time for family and sharing and I’m glad to see our EDF Energy family share some of their goodwill with local children.

“This year 270 gifts will be handed out to children in the area ensuring they have something to look forward to on Christmas morning. This is the most our staff have donated in any one year and means that over the past six years people at this office have donated nearly 1200 gifts.

“The stories relayed to us by the social work team really helped us to appreciate just how important our Christmas Giving Tree is, and the ray of light it provides to some children and young adults who are in very unfortunate circumstances.” 

Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, said: ““It was such a pleasure to take part in the Christmas Giving Tree handover at EDF Energy’s office. As always South Lanarkshire Council’s social workers were able to tell us just how difficult it is for some families at Christmas, and this effort by management and staff really will make a difference. It’s good to know that those who work at EDF Energy care so much about the East Kilbride community.”

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.