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Energetic Leeds employees power the Yorkshire Three Peaks for Macmillan

Last weekend eight employees from npower’s Scarcroft and Limewood offices in Leeds powered through the highs and lows of the Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Leeds troupe were part of around 132 npower employees from across the UK who trekked over 24 miles, reaching the top of the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough at a height of 700m each and taking around 12 hours to complete the course in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

Each team member had an individual fundraising target of £100, which they collectively blew out of the water with a staggering £22,300 raised so far – with npower match funding pound for pound, the total fundraising pot hit over £44,600

Taking her very first steps to fitness, novice hiker Gemma Sands, 32, Senior Administrator based at npower’s Limewood office, was inspired to take on the challenge having lost both grandparents to cancer a few years ago. Gemma said: “Taking part in the 3 peaks this weekend, on my granddad’s anniversary, was very tough. I attached a couple of pictures to my backpack, so every time I stopped for a break I could see my grandparents and remember why I was doing it. It was an extremely tough challenge, my feet were hurting so much and I was covered in mosquito bites!  One of my uncle’s messaged me afterwards to say that nan and granddad would be very proud of me, so it makes all the pain worth it.”

David Kynaston, 33, a solutions consultant based at npower’s Scarcroft site, said: “After being diagnosed with cancer last year and been lucky enough to be given the all clear, it was time to give something back to the people who helped me so much. This was just one small way of repaying everyone who helped me through my cancer. I’m proud to have come in first, in 5 hours 39 minutes with help from my friend and colleague, Jess Nixon, getting me across the line and smashing it!”

npower’s head of community, Clare McDougall who joined the team on their Yorkshire journey said: "I am so proud of each and every colleague who took part in this massive challenge for Macmillan. We had a mixture of abilities with some people who’d never hiked before and others that were complete professionals!  It took us a full day to complete and all our remaining energy to reach end and return to our campsite at Holme Farm. It was extremely tough at times, but we did it for those very dear friends and family members affected by cancer – and with thoughts of them we soldiered on!”

Whilst up in the Peaks, the team took the opportunity to join in with Macmillan's new fundraising campaign, Summer Lights, with hundreds of candles and fairy lights lighting up the tents and campsite, celebrating the loved ones who ‘light up their lives’ and helping to raise further funds for the cancer charity.

Joining the npower team on the challenge, Elisa Beeley, partnership officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It’s been amazing to take part in this intrepid adventure alongside friends at npower. A huge thank you to each and every one of the team who have raised vital funds for Macmillan. Our partnership with npower has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 years, and we’ve been able to help thousands of people affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

Macmillan have been npower’s charity partner for over 12 years and during this time, has given over £7 million to help over 29,000 families by providing them with support such as emergency energy grants or writing off their debt.

Last month, npower announced its commitment for an extra £3m over the next three years to the npower Macmillan Fund to help people living with cancer keep warm without the worry. npower’s Macmillan Fund, formerly the Fuel Management Programme, is the only programme in the UK that offers bespoke support to people living with cancer by capping energy bills and writing off debt.

If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like more details on the partnership’s npower Macmillan Fund, 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

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