2 Dec 16

Torness staff run for Kira

Three workers at EDF Energy’s Torness power station have gone the extra mile for charity. 

Edwin Wright, Garry Twist and Blair Hamilton recently ran all the way from Torness to Edinburgh Castle to raise more than £4,000 for Solving Kids Cancer. 

They were inspired to make the 35 mile run by the story of Kira, who was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer called neuroblastoma when she was 11 years old.

Two years after her diagnosis Kira is still fighting her cancer and her family has launched a campaign to raise funds to make sure she can access pioneering research.

Edwin Wright is an Insulation Supervisor at the power station and is good friends with Kira’s family. 

Edwin said: “After I had the idea, I spoke to a couple of the guys at the station who run a lot, to ask their advice about the best route to take.  Before long, they decided to join me and the fundraising really took off.” 

When their colleagues and friends heard about their fundraising efforts their total soon reached over £4,000. 

Garry said: “It’s such a great cause; we couldn’t resist getting involved ourselves.  We decided to really go for it, and raise as much as possible.  If you are running 35 miles on a cold winter’s day, you want it to be worth your while!  I want to thank all my generous colleagues at Torness who really dug deep to keep this great charity running.” 

You find out more about Kira’s Journey and donate at: http://solvingkidscancer.org.uk/journey/kira/

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.