EDF Energy staff in Christmas jumper spirit

Some of three staff at EDF Energy, Victory Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland who took part in their Christmas jumper competition on Thursday.

Some of three staff at EDF Energy, Victory Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland who took part in their Christmas jumper competition on Thursday.

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Staff at EDF Energy were real Christmas crackers when they donned seasonal jumpers to raise cash for a good cause.

All 1,600 staff were invited to wrap up their month of festive fund-raising activities with a Christmas jumper competition.

Head of account management, Kevin Gatens, said: “The Christmas jumper competition is a great way to both raise money and get everyone in the festive spirit.

“The staff do a great job in investing in the community throughout the year, including Helping Hands projects and fund-raising activities, and Christmas time is never an exception.”

As part of the day, staff were asked to donate money to charity partner Marie Curie, or donate food that will be given to local food banks in time for Christmas.

The centre also recently held a Christmas Market, inviting traders to come along in exchange for a gift which could be raffled during December.

All proceeds went on buying new toys for a local toy appeal – which sees less fortunate children receive Christmas presents, including those at Ashkirk Homelessness Household Project, Wearside Women in Need and Sunderland Royal children’s ward.

Maggi Porter, of Washington, who is part of the quality and assurance team at the company’s offices in Doxford International Business Park, and has been at the centre since 1997, helps organise regular Christmas charity fund-raisers.

She said: “Christmas is a time for giving, so we do as much as we can to help our charity partner, Marie Curie, as well as a range of local causes and charities to help the local community.

“The staff here are always so compassionate to the causes we support, and they really go the extra mile to give as much as possible at this time of year.”