Power station staff raises funds for Cancer charity
Staff members at Dungeness B Power Station have been busy supporting their charity of the year with a series of fund-raising events in the area.
A rousing “Last Night of the Proms” was organised by staff at All Saints Church in Lydd as a fundraiser for EDF Energy’s Charity partner Breast Cancer Now.
Favourite local choir The Haywardians entertained a packed church with favourites such as “Land of Hope and Glory”, and “Jerusalem”, helping to raise £860 for the worthwhile cause along the way.
The concert, organised by Dungeness B Visitor Centre co-ordinator Alison Prentice, was a great hit with locals.
“The ‘Last Night of the Proms’ is such a great event and is enjoyed by the local community. It is now well-established on the local calendar, and we hope to be repeating it in October 2019,” she said.
Dean Hayward and John Richley led the popular choir through a rousing rendition of Prom favourites, ending with the National Anthem. John Richley’s son Tom also works at Dungeness B.
And in another great charity effort Dungeness B Visitor Centre Guide Lesley Clancy also took up the challenge for Breast Cancer Now – by training and mentoring Chris Cavanagh of the station’s operations team to run his first 10k charity run.
It was Chris’ first “serious” run, and Lesley, a swimming and fitness instructor who has a personal best of 1 hour 38 minutes for the half marathon, took up the gauntlet of getting Chris into shape for the run at Lydd.
“He didn’t think he could do it, but we were determined to raise money for the charity. We gradually went from one-minute runs up to 10 minutes, and you could see his confidence grow. Next year we’re going to have a crack at a half marathon” said Lesley.
Chris eventually finished with a respectable time of just over 31 minutes. The pair raised a whopping £1100 between them.
EDF Energy, which owns Dungeness B, teamed up with Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity for a three-year partnership which ends in 2019.
EDF Energy’s employee fundraising target is £100,000 each year and the company will match fund up to £50,000 each year of the partnership making a total target of £450,000. In the first 2 years of the partnership EDF Energy employees raised over £300,000 in fundraising through on-site activities, personal challenges and own-time events.
“Through this exciting partnership, EDF Energy employees will be a force for good, helping to stop breast cancer taking lives,” said a spokeswoman from the Charity.
Breast Cancer Now believes that through action now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and live well.