Torness team give gardening help to East Lothian children’s charity
An East Lothian children’s charity has benefited from the green fingers of a group of staff from EDF Energy’s Torness power station.
A team of four lent their helping hands to Aberlour Options – Lothian and gave the centre’s garden a makeover.
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.
Earlier on this year EDF Energy donated £8,000 to Aberlour from its Scottish Charity Fund.
One of the team who helped at the centre, Alison Cameron, said: “We are delighted to have helped with the improvements. All of the team really enjoyed the day and we are extremely pleased with the results of our work.”
Aberlour’s service manager, Gill Cripps, said: “They did an amazing job and are brilliant bunch of people. They really worked hard and we are all so grateful.”
The work was carried out through EDF Energy’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme which allows staff to take two paid days off a year to help out in the local community or an environmental cause.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
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.