Npower Windermere rowing challenge for Macmillan cancer charity

TEAM EFFORT: The npower staff as they prepare for their feat.
TEAM EFFORT: The npower staff as they prepare for their feat.
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A TEAM powered through a physical feat when they rowed 21 miles across a lake for charity.

Sixteen workers from npower’s Rainton House base joined around 50 colleagues from England as they travelled across Windermere in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The row was part of a year-long company-wide campaign asking employees to raise £150,000 through 10 challenges to mark 10 years of working with the charity, with the cash to be matched pound for pound by the company.

Teams of four completed the row in seven hours using old-fashioned wooden boats, after being set off by their customer services director Gareth Pickles.

Christopher Reay, customer services advocate at npower, said, “Today was physically difficult, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

“npower’s partnership with Macmillan is important to me after losing my grandma to breast cancer and, within the past five years, losing my grandad to throat cancer. To families coping with loved ones battling with cancer, I know how important Macmillan’s support is.”

The row is the fifth out of 10 events, with the pound-for-pound scheme to see the group’s funds doubled to more than £21,000.

Mr Pickles said: “Macmillan is a wonderful charity and our 10-year partnership is something we’re very proud of. The enthusiasm with which people from across npower have engaged with this year’s fund-raising campaign proves how much they care about this partnership.”

Part of the amount that’s raised will help fund new energy advisors on the Macmillan Support Line who will support people affected by cancer struggling to pay their fuel bills and refer them to the programme, as well as other schemes.