7th Dec, 2016

Energetic workers trek across Yorkshire to raise vital Macmillan funds

Shaun Reynolds 15th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN ENERGETIC group of employees from Solihull’s npower’s office powered through the highs and lows of the Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A total of 30 employees trekked over 24 miles, reaching the highest points of Yorkshire’s three highest peaks – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – in the process.

The mission took 12 hours to complete with each team member raising a minimum of £100, though this figure was blown away with 132 employees jointly raising £25,400 – npower then matched the final figure to take the final total up to £50,800.

Ridaa Husain, campaign assistant manager based in Solihull, said she decided to take part in the trek as Macmillan is a charity close to her heart.

She added: “My dad had cancer and I know how difficult this can be for family and friends during these challenging times.

“The work Macmillan does is amazing and this was my way to give a little back and help raise money for the charity.”

Macmillan have been npower’s charity partner for over 12 years, during which over £7 million has been donated to help over 29,000 families with their energy bills.

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of community, joined the team on their Yorkshire journey and said she was proud of how the group of employees raised so much for the cause.

She said: “We had a mixture of abilities with some people who’d never hiked before and others that were complete professionals.

“It took us a full day to complete and all our remaining energy to reach end and return to our campsite at Holme Farm.

“It was extremely tough at times, but we did it for those very dear friends and family members affected by cancer – and with thoughts of them we soldiered on.”

Elisa Beeley, partnership officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It’s been amazing to take part in this intrepid adventure alongside friends at npower.

“Our partnership with npower has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 years, and we’ve been able to help thousands of people affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

Visit npower.com/Macmillan if you would like to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.