Sunderland energy firm staff help terminally ill

Marie Curie's Steven Robson (far left) and Katie Searles (far right) help get fundraising underway with EDF Energy's Stephanie Smith (second from left) and Emma Shearer.

Marie Curie's Steven Robson (far left) and Katie Searles (far right) help get fundraising underway with EDF Energy's Stephanie Smith (second from left) and Emma Shearer.

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A CANCER charity is set for a cash boost after it teamed up with staff at an energy company on Wearside.

Workers at EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park, have announced the partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides free care to those suffering from terminal illnesses in their own homes.

Nationwide, staff at the firm are aiming to raise £600,000 for the organisation during their relationship, with EDF Energy pleding to match-fund employees’ fund-raising by up to £100,000 each year.

Last year alone, Marie Curie Nurses cared for more than 35,000 terminally ill patients across the UK, also providing emotional support to their families.

In County Durham, Marie Curie Nurses provided more than 14,000 hours of care and supported more than 400 terminally ill patients in 2011/12.

Emma Shearer, community investment specialist at EDF, said: “The charity is close to many of our hearts and we’re very much looking forward to fund-raising and volunteering for them, as well as sharing skills and knowledge.”

Plans are already under way for a series of fund-raising events by staff in Sunderland to support Marie Curie.

Staff wore yellow outfits, the colour of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s famous daffodil logo, to work this week and took part in fun activities, such as guess the number of yellow sweets in the jar, as they welcomed a charity representative to the office and got their cash raising effort started.