Team get the spooks for Macmillan Cancer Support
The spookfest, which involved a haunted sleepover at The Towers Hospital in Leicester, is part of ongoing ‘£203 challenge’, where all npower employees are challenged throughout 2015 to raise £203 – enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for a day.
The haunted sleepover, which transported the team back to 1869 when the property was an asylum, has so far raised £2,500 for Macmillan – which npower pledges to match pound for pound, taking the grand total to a not so spooky £5,000.
Taking part in the sleepover was Chris Henry, npower’s Quality Manager at Burton who commented: “I recently lost a close family member to cancer and so was keen to do all I could to support Macmillan. It was well worth putting myself through a challenging night of fear for such a good cause!"
npower’s £203 challenge comes at a time of growing demand for Macmillan professionals, like Macmillan nurses. The leading cancer charity estimates that there are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, which is an increase of almost half a million people in the last five years – and this number is set to double by 2030.
Melanie Failes, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Our partnership together 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. This has been achieved with the support of the fantastic npower employees who have given their time, money, expertise and passion to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Thank you to everyone who was ‘spooked’ for Macmillan!”
The npower and Macmillan partnership is at the forefront of change in corporate philanthropy. By combining Macmillan’s knowledge of the day-to-day stresses of people living with cancer with npower’s commitment to help its most vulnerable customers, the businesses have been able to put into place a Fuel Management Programme – which helps npower customers affected by cancer better manage their heating costs. npower has also funded a dedicated team of energy advisors on the Macmillan Support Line, who offer support and energy advice to people affected by cancer, whoever their energy supplier may be
If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like more details on the partnership’s Fuel Management Programme, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm). Alternatively, if you would like more information on what npower does to support Macmillan, please visit npower.com/Macmillan.