Staff raise £332k in just 18 months

EDF worker David Goodall has his hair shaved to raise money for Marie Curie
EDF worker David Goodall has his hair shaved to raise money for Marie Curie
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SUPER employees from Wearside helped their company to smash a three-year fund-raising target after less than 18 months.

EDF Energy signed up to become Marie Curie’s charity partner in May last year, with the aim of raising £300,000 by 2016.

However, staff across the country have now raised almost £332,000.

Employees at the company’s offices in Doxford have contributed more than £14,000 to the total, through tea parties, dress-down days, sponsored walks, head-shaving and more. 

Emma Shearer, community investment specialist for EDF, said: “The staff here have been really creative with raising money for this worthy cause.

“Reaching the target in under half the time that they were given is an amazing achievement, and is down to the enthusiasm, energy and passion of our employees and their extraordinary fund-raising efforts. 

“I know everyone has had a lot of fun getting involved.”

Among the fund-raising stunts by workers was a special TV Apprentice-style challenge, which saw two senior management teams from the Sunderland customer service centre battled it out.

Staff took over the running of each of the Sunderland and Houghton Marie Curie charity outlets for the day, with the best traders and highest earners at Houghton being crowned the winners.

In May this year two employees raised almost £4,000 by taking part in the three peaks challenge, while customer service advisor Fiona Trotter has pledged to scale the Canadian Rockies to raise money for the charity.

With a £100,000 first year match-funding from EDF Energy, the total raised for the charity is more than £430,000, enough to pay for 16,595 nursing hours, or 21 nurses for one year.

Fabian French, director of fund-raising at Marie Curie, added: “Every single member of staff who has been involved and every pound donated, helps us care for more terminally-ill people and their families. 

“The money raised so far will really help us to continue to care for people living with terminal illnesses, as well as vital emotional support for their families.”