Flower Power – EDF Energy workers pitch in to help Marie Curie charity drive

Sisters Eden and Esmee Barnes from Washington with EDF Energy's Lisa Sidney
Sisters Eden and Esmee Barnes from Washington with EDF Energy's Lisa Sidney
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WORKERS at an energy company have done their own supermarket sweep of stores on Wearside to raise cash for a charity that helps those with terminal illnesses.

Staff from EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park, have volunteered to extend their fund-raising efforts out into the community, visiting various shops and organisations to raise as much as possible for the company’s charity partner, Marie Curie.

Team manager and charity champion, Lisa Sidney, brought some extra flower power to Sainsbury’s Washington, by selling the iconic Marie Curie daffodil pin badges to shoppers.

Lisa, 29, from Sunderland, said: “We volunteered 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 Sainsbury’s 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 firm aims to raise £600,000 for Marie Curie over the period of the relationship.

This includes EDF Energy match-funding its employees’ fund-raising by up to £100,000 each year.

EDF Energy employees from across the country have exceeded the set fund-raising target, and in only two years have raised £437,000, plus match-funding of £200,000, bringing the total to £637,000.

Lisa continued: “I have had quite a few family members and friends who have been impacted by cancer and terminal illness.

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

Marie Curie provides nursing care and support to people with a terminal illness, caring for them in their own home or at one of the charity’s nine hospices.

In County Durham, Marie Curie nurses provided more than 18,737 hours of care and supported to more than 912 terminally-ill patients in 2013/14.