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Summer Lights for Summer Nights - npower is inspiring people to light up their summer for Macmillan Cancer Support

Nationwide campaign encourages people to get creative with sparkling lights when hosting a celebration in aid of Macmillan

To inspire people to host a ‘Summer Lights’ celebration at home and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, npower is supporting  its charitable partner of 12 years,  in its first ever ‘Summer Lights’ fundraiser. 

The nationwide fundraising event encourages people to celebrate the loved ones who ‘light up their lives’ by holding a Summer Lights get together indoors or out, using decorative lights - fairy-lights, candles or lanterns as a key focal point. The idea is for people to tnvite family and friends over for nibbles and drinks, or dinner – however they like to celebrate, in exchange for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support. All money raised will help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

npower has enlisted the design prowess of five style influencers to provide Summer Lights  inspiration for the nation’s Summer Lights celebrations. Each of the five influencers will be creating a beautiful lighting look that anyone can easily recreate at home, alongside tips on how to get the look.

Influencers that are working with npower to support the campaign include party planner to the stars Mark Niemierko; lifestyle and parenting blogger Emily Leary (A Mummy Too); Londoner about town Paula Holmes (LDN Diaries); Interiors blogger Geraldine Tan (Little Big Bell); and lifestyle blogger Poppy (Poppy Loves). All are hoping to inspire people to create their own Summer Lights looks.

To give people the chance to win a Summer Lights celebration event pack, which includes a selection of lights to add a touch of sparkle to their get together npower is hosting a social media competition to encourage people to share a photo on social media, tagging @npowerhq, of the person who's the inspiration for their celebration. For every tweet that uses #summerlights, npower will donate £5 to Macmillan, up to a total of £50,000.

For those who’d like tips on how to decorate their Summer Lights event, the npower.com Summer Lights website (www.npower.com/summerlights) will be live from the 30th of May to provide a hub of inspiration, where people can learn about the campaign and see the gorgeous lighting looks that have been created by the style influencers.

Clare McDougall of npower said, “We’re thrilled to be working with our longstanding charitable partner Macmillan, for such an important cause.  We hope that npower’s style influencers will inspire others to host their own Summer Lights celebrations to raise funds to provide support for people affected by cancer.”

Hannah Redmond, Head of National Events Marketing at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We’re incredibly excited about Macmillan’s new Summer Lights fundraising event on 25th June and hope it will be the perfect opportunity for people to get together with the loved ones that light up their lives and raise vital funds for people affected by cancer. We’re delighted to have the support of npower and can’t wait to see what the style influencers come up with.”

For more information on how to get involved in the Summer Lights campaign, visit the website www.summerlights.org.uk or call 0845 070 1318 to receive a free fundraising pack, which includes invitations and donation envelopes, a donation box, paper tealight holders and a guide filled with ideas and inspiration to host a Summer Lights celebration.

Notes to Editors

For further information on Macmillan’s Summer Lights fundraiser, please contact:

 Liam Colman at Macmillan Cancer Support: lcolman@macmillan.org.uk / 020 7840 4974

About the partnership

 For over 12 years, npower has been working with Macmillan Cancer Support to help people living with cancer keep warm without worry. In this time, npower has given over £7 million to help cover 29,000 families by providing them with support such as emergency energy grants or writing of their debts. 

 About npower RWE npower is a leading UK energy company and is part of the RWE Group, one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies. We serve around 6.5 million residential and business customers with electricity, gas and energy. Through RWE Generation, we operate and manage a flexible portfolio of coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired power stations, producing more than 10% of the electricity used in Great Britain. We are also on twitter - @npowerhq and Youtube.

 About Macmillan Cancer Support

 When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

 That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

 To get involved in Summer Lights, visit the website www.summerlights.org.uk or call 0845 070 1318 to receive a free fundraising pack, And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk