13 Feb 15

Sizewell B workers raise thousands in charity challenge

Two Sizewell B employees leave Suffolk today in a bid to scale Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Hazel Hawkins and Lana Challis from Sizewell B power station have raised a staggering £15,500 for company charity Marie Curie, beating their fundraising target (£4,500) by over 300%.

The fundraising friends from Leiston have been a regular sight around the county over the last 18months whilst training for the challenge. But as Suffolk’s not known for its hills they have also trekked around the Lake District and scaled two of the three peaks. They have clocked up some 160miles in their walking boots just in training!

Hazel said: “I can’t believe the day is nearly here, we’ve been in training for so long but now our bags are packed and we’re ready to take on Mount Kilimanjaro! I’ve been wearing my boots all the time so my feet don’t get out of shape!”

On being asked what she would miss most whilst on the ten day hike, Lana said: “I am sure we’ll miss the basics, running water, showers and toilets!”

Gavin Rousseau, Hazel’s manager at Sizewell B said: “We are all really proud of Hazel and Lana for taking on this massive challenge in aid of Marie Curie. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing their trekking tales when they return.”

Lana and Hazel set off for the Kilimanjaro Trek on 13 February. It is a ten day trip, including six days trekking, taking in some of Tanzania's most spectacular sights before reaching the mountain's peak at 5895metres.

Marie Curie was selected as EDF Energy’s three-year charity partner in May 2013 by an employee vote, which more than 7,000 members of staff participated in. All of EDF Energy’s employees are encouraged to fundraise for the charity, and EDF Energy has pledged to match this fundraising by up to £100,000 for each year of the partnership.

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