Getting on the move has paid off for staff from npower’s Rainton Bridge call centre.
The firm has won the ‘Wear Moving’ challenge, a public health initiative from Sunderland City Council which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in the city.
During the four week competition we’ve raised awareness, encouraged our people to consider other means of transport and have enjoyed healthy competition with other businesses across the region.Annette Holloway
The challenge saw the likes of npower, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS, the University of Sunderland and other businesses in the North East compete to see who could encourage employees to use more sustainable ways to commute in to work, such as taking the bus, train, walking or car sharing, and submit a log of these journeys.
Andriana Christou, health and wellbeing project support officer at npower, said: “Taking part in the Wear Moving challenge has been a great experience and I’m very proud of all the participants who helped us to win.
“They did a tremendous job in travelling in more sustainable ways over the four-week period and it’s been great for our people to get involved in something different – taking a step towards a healthier lifestyle and being more environmentally friendly.”
In total, npower logged almost 11,000 miles of sustainable travel and saved more than 12,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
Collectively, the group also saved more than £1,500 in fuel costs and burned more trhan 78,000 calories.
Annette Hollaway, senior programme manager at npower, added:“It’s been great to be a part of a community project like this.
“As an organisation, it’s increasingly important for us to look at sustainable travel and the Wear Moving challenge has helped us to do that.
“During the four-week competition we’ve raised awareness, encouraged our people to consider other means of transport and have enjoyed healthy competition with other businesses across the region.
“We’ve made a great start in increasing our sustainable travel and will continue to build on this – so a huge well done to everyone who participated.”
‘Wear Moving’ is a three-year programme delivered by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.