ENERGY workers climbed mountains to give a boost to a charity fund.
Five npower employees have completed the gruelling Three Peak Challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Adventurers David Armstrong, Alan McConnell, Steven Wright, Amy Peters and Anthony Richardson, based at the Rainton House office in Houghton, pulled on their climbing boots to scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Company-wide campaign 10 for 10 aims to support people affected by cancer, who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
David said: “We’re thrilled we’ve completed the challenge, which involves reaching the peak of each national mountain in less than 24 hours.
“We began at 6am on Saturday and finished by 5.15am on Sunday morning.
“The conditions were very challenging – areas of Ben Nevis were covered by three to six feet of snow and there was mist and hail, which made it hard.
“When we reached Snowdon, we were very fatigued and our energy was sapped – but we did it and we’re very proud.”
The five were inspired to sign up after staff were challenged to raise £150,000 by tackling 10 different challenges, to mark 10 years of npower working with Macmillan.
The energy supplier has pledged to match any money raised pound for pound.
Clare McDougall, head of community at npower, said: “We’re delighted that the three-peaks troupe successfully completed their challenge.
“To complete this challenge within 24 hours in such difficult and demanding conditions is very commendable.
“Jointly with Macmillan, we created the Fuel Management Programme to help people affected by cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
“We hope that the scheme helps to alleviate some of the pressures faced by people affected by cancer at such an important time – so that they can keep warm without the worry.”
Some of the money raised from 10 for 10 will go towards funding new Energy Advisors on the Macmillan Support Line.
They will support cancer patients finding it hard to pay their fuel bills.