78 npower employees from npower’s offices across the North East braved a dip in the North Sea to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event took place on a windswept Sunderland beach, in temperatures of just 2◦c, shortly after 9am.
The swim is the first of ten fundraising events npower employees will be doing throughout 2014, in the hopes of raising £150,000 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the energy supplier's partnership with the cancer support charity.
Employees were led into the water by Gareth Pickles, npower’s customer service director, along with some of his colleagues, who were aptly dressed as penguins for the chilly event.
The ’10 for 10’ campaign aims to support people affected by cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
Part of the money that’s raised from today and the rest of the ’10 for 10’ events will also go towards funding new energy advisors on the Macmillan Support Line, who will support people affected by cancer.
The npower and Macmillan partnership, now valued in excess of £7m, aims to help Macmillan in its ambition to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer and would like more details on the Fuel Management Programme, please call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000. For more information on npower’s ’10 for 10’, or to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/company/npower.