14 Mar 17

Torness power station support for East Lothian children’s charity

An East Lothian children’s charity has received a financial boost from one of the area’s biggest employers.

EDF Energy, which operates Torness power station, has donated £8,000 to Aberlour Options – Lothian from its Scottish Charity Fund.

The service provides a range of short breaks and respite care for children and young people affected by learning and physical disabilities in East Lothian and Midlothian.

The charity’s purpose built bungalow in Prestonpans is open 39 weekends of the year and is also available for week-long breaks during the school holidays.

Over the past year EDF Energy has donated more than £100,000 to Scottish charities. Most of that money has benefited groups near to its bases at Torness, Hunterston B and East Kilbride. 

Torness Station Director, Paul Winkle said: “At Torness power station we are committed to supporting local group and charities so I am delighted that we have been able make a donation to such an important East Lothian charity. Recently I was fortunate enough to visit Aberlour Options -Lothian and was able to see the facility and hear about the great work they do in the community.”

Morag McGown, Regional Fundraiser with Aberlour said: ““Everyone at Aberlour is absolutely thrilled with the support from EDF Energy, and we are very much looking forward to working closely with all the staff over the coming months. This donation allows us to make plans for the future and to expand our current services, ensuring that more and more children receive the loving, nurturing care they need.”

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.