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Sunderland EDF staff use flower power to help cancer charity

Paul Appleby and daughter Lucy, three, purchase a Marie Curie daffodil from EDF Energy workers Karen Sawyers (l) and Susan Roberts (r)

Paul Appleby and daughter Lucy, three, purchase a Marie Curie daffodil from EDF Energy workers Karen Sawyers (l) and Susan Roberts (r)

STAFF from a Sunderland call centre have helped raise cash for a cancer charity.

EDF Energy employees Karen Sawyer and Susan Roberts, who are both from Sunderland, brought some extra flower power to Asda in the city’s Leechmere Road store, by selling Marie Curie Daffodil pin badges as part of an ongoing fund-raising drive by the energy company.

The firm’s Helping Hands scheme allows employees to take time out of the office to support local community and charity projects in the region.

Susan, 44, whose father died after battling cancer in 2008, said: “We volunteered through the EDF Energy Helping Hands scheme to help raise funds for Marie Curie and to support the excellent work they do.

“The day was very successful, lots of shoppers bought daffodil pin badges to support the charity, which made it really worthwhile, and we are grateful to Asda for supporting us with the event.”

EDF Energy announced a three-year charity partnership with Marie Curie in May 2013.

As well as supporting the charity through volunteering, the energy company aims to raise £600,000 for Marie Curie.

In less than a year, employees have raised more than £180,000 for Marie Curie, almost doubling its annual target.

Karen, 34, said: “I have had quite a few family members and friends who have been affected by cancer and sadly not all have survived.

“It is something which affects so many people, so Marie Curie needs all the help it can get with donations to help those suffering and to support families and loved ones.”

Marie Curie provides nursing care and support to people with a terminal illness, supporting them in their own home or at a hospice.

 

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