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Swindon’s Sandie celebrates ‘Summer Lights’ for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last weekend, Sandie Mulcahy from RWE npower’s office in Swindon hosted a celebration evening with friends in support of  Macmillan’s first ever national ‘Summer Lights’ fundraiser, raising over £150 for the company’s charity partner of 12 years.

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 as a key focal point. The idea is for people to invite family and friends over for nibbles and drinks, or dinner – however they like to celebrate, in exchange for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sandie invited family, friends and colleagues who are or have been affected by cancer to her garden party, and despite the rain, they all enjoyed a relaxing evening of posh nibbles and plenty of wine. The garden was beautifully decorated with sparkly fairy lights, glowing candles and colourful lanterns and balloons. For those enjoying a more gentler evening, there were a selection of homemade scones and cakes with lashings of non-alcoholic Pimms.

During the evening, Sandie took time to reflect on her fundraising efforts and said: “This was a perfect excuse to invite some dear friends to enjoy a glass of wine whilst parting with their hard-earned cash! I’ve had an enormous amount of fun hosting this evening and even more fun decorating the garden space with beautiful lights - each one representing hope, support, love and friendship.

“Macmillan is a wonderful charity, and offers a fantastic range of support to people affected by cancer.  Summer has only just started so it’s not too late to hold your own Summer Lights Party and you can create a wonderful atmosphere with a few tea lights, candles and friends.”

Fellow colleague and npower’s head of community, Clare McDougall who joined in the evening celebrations, said: "I am so proud of each and every colleague who has taken part in their own Summer Lights party for Macmillan this year: from a team of 132 hikers joining in the celebrations at the campsite at the foothills of the Yorkshire Three Peaks last weekend, to our team of graduates hosting an evening of music, to individuals like Sandie hosting their own parties at home. With thoughts of those that ‘light up our lives’ in our minds, we have all celebrated and enjoyed time with our nearest and dearest to help raise funds to provide support for people affected by cancer.”


npower is also 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 Summer Lights website ( provides a hub of inspiration, where people can learn about the campaign and see the gorgeous lighting looks that have been created by top style influencers.

Notes to Editors

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 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