Thirty-four brave npower employees took up the challenge to become Total Warriors to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The employees, from the Rainton offices, powered across a 12-kilometre course featuring human BBQs, electric shocks and ice dunks to become Total Warriors for the charity.
The group signed up to the challenge, which took place in Leeds, as part of npower’s ongoing ‘£203 challenge’.
The challenge asks all npower employees to raise £203 this year – enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for a day.
By crawling through thick mud, climbing sheer rock and running through thick spider webs, the group has so far raised £4,700 for Macmillan, which the energy supplier pledges to match pound for pound, taking the total raised to £9,400.
Carolann Williams, who is a performance coach at Rainton House, said: “The whole experience was like nothing I’ve ever done before, but I’m so proud I completed it.
“After having cancer when I was 18 years old, raising money for Macmillan means a lot to me. Thankfully I have the all-clear now and I can give back to nurses at such a great charity.”
Npower’s £203 challenge comes at a time of growing demand for Macmillan professionals.
The charity estimates that there are 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK, which is an increase of almost half a million in the last five years – and this number is set to double by 2030.
Melanie Failes, senior partnership manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Carolann and the group have done such a great job to get through all the mud, creepy crawlies and electric shocks to be ‘Total Warriors’ for our nurses!
“Our partnership has gone from strength to strength over the last 11 years and thanks to npower, we’ve been able to help thousands of people affected by cancer out of fuel poverty, and ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like details on the partnership’s initiatives, like the joint Fuel Management Programme, and how they could help you manage your energy costs, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000.
To find out more about what npower does to support Macmillan, visit npower.com/Macmillan.