Jedi, Mario and Captain America – how superheroes helped Sunderland children

Staff from Npower at Rainton Bridge dressed as Superheroes for one of the charity events to raise money for the Grace House Hospice Appeal.
Staff from Npower at Rainton Bridge dressed as Superheroes for one of the charity events to raise money for the Grace House Hospice Appeal.
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CALL centre staff turned superheroes to save the day and help raise thousands of pounds for a city hospice charity.

Workers at npower, in Rainton Bridge, Houghton, turned up for their shifts dressed as famous characters in aid of National Children’s Hospice Week.

And the day was a huge success, with £2,000 raised by npower.

Staff came in dressed as Super Mario and Luigi, Captain America, Batman and Fred Flintstone.

One worker turned up as a Jedi Knight, and Bumble Bee from the Transformers even made an appearance.

All the money raised is now being donated to the Southwick hospice, to help buy equipment for the opening of their new site.

Over the past four months, npower has raised more than £3,000 for Grace House and has supported them for a number of years in different fund-raising activities.

Gayle Pells, of npower, said: ”It’s really great coming to work with people who are very generous and always willing to get involved for such worthwhile causes, such as Grace House Children’s Hospice. We hope to continue being involved in any way possible, and supporting them over coming years.”

Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser at Grace House, said “A very big thank you to everyone who has helped make Children’s Hospice Week such a success.

“It is fantastic that npower all dressed up as their favourite superheroes, and raised such an awesome amount of money for Grace House.

“I would also like to thank Jeff Coxon who has collected in the Market Square in Sunderland all week, and in Asda Boldon on Friday, all the staff at Halifax Bank and Virgin Money in Sunderland who collected and held raffles on Friday, all the Barclays branches who also organised fund-raising activities, especially South Shields and Washington, to Asda, South Shields who allowed us to organise a Tombola for their customers.

“A big thank you to everyone who has supported us, you are all truly amazing and you are all superheroes.”