What drives npower staff to keep smashing fundraising targets and setting new challenges every single year?
Since 2004, we've cycled from coast to coast and pushed ourselves to the limit to climb Kilimanjaro, the world's largest free standing mountain. We've swum in the freezing cold waters of the North Sea and bungee-jumped hundreds of feet into giant coffee cups - all to raise money for Macmillan. Each year the milestones get bigger and so does our determination to top the previous year's record.
Truth be told there's no single reason why we do this. Many of us take part because we've had someone close to us who's been affected by cancer. Some do it for the challenge and others just enjoy being part of a team. But the thing that brings us all together is the desire to make a difference and help those that need it most.
Our story so far
We've tackled a fair few challenges over the years here at npower. Here's some of them:
Launch of the partnership - npower staff voted Macmillan to be our corporate charity.
The employee fundraising total reached £1.5 million.
'10 for 10' - ten fundraising challenges to celebrate our 10th year. Our staff raised a further £168,000 for Macmillan which was matched pound for pound by npower. Events included:
- dipping into the North Sea
- rowing Lake Windermere
- climbing Ben Nevis
- walking Hadrian's Wall
- cycling coast to coast
- bungee jumping into a mug for Macmillan Coffee Morning
Last year we raised £187,000 which was again matched pound for pound. Highlights were our Newcastle to Edinburgh bike ride and our Scotland coast to coast challenge: hiking, cycling and canoeing across Scotland from Fort William on the Western coast, over the top of Ben Nevis, to Inverness on the East coast.
What's in store for 2016:
- Yorkshire 3 Peaks
- London to Paris Bike Ride
- The London Glow Walk
- A host of other events, such as Coffee Mornings, Total Warrior and our 10K Fun Runs
Since the start of our partnership, npower employees have raised over £3.5 million. Macmillan use this money to put towards emergency energy grants for people living with cancer who can’t afford their bill and have nowhere else to turn. So far we’ve managed to help over 20,000 people in this way.
If you’re living with cancer, we may be able to help with your energy bills, call Macmillan Cancer Support on 0808 808 00 00 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm for more information.
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