9th Dec, 2016

Dozens of npower employees put best foot forward to raise thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support

Shaun Reynolds 24th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

DOZENS of employees from npower’s Solihull office put their best foot forward in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support when taking part in a fun run challenge.

In what was the fifth edition of the Solihull five and ten kilometre challenge, this year’s event raised a huge £3,700 for Macmillan – which npower has pledged to match pound for pound, making the grand total £7,400.

Among the enthusiastic fundraisers was fancy dress runner Katharina Birkner, who dressed up as a banana and raced through the five kilometre course in just 31 minutes.

Starting at Tudor Grand Park, the fundraising route commenced following a warm-up led by fitness enthusiast Ged Kapleris – who also works for npower Business based at the Solihull office.

Seb Taylor, winner of the five kilometre run, said: “Having seen my mum successfully fight breast cancer, I know how much she valued the support of those around her including Macmillan.

“Anything we can do to support such a great cause is well worth the effort.”

Kirsty Ledger, who was the first female to cross the ten kilometre finish line, said: “I took part in the run because I love a challenge and I love running – I have done all my life.

“It was a tough race but I’m so proud to be the first lady home and fourth overall to cross the finishing line.

“Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer and running this race is a great way of giving something back to help support the great work that Macmillan do.”

Melanie Failes, senior partnership manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “To raise £7,400 is an incredible achievement and will make a massive difference to the lives of people living with cancer across the UK.

“The support shown by npower’s employees will go towards helping fund vital Macmillan services and ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”