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npower team paddle to raise pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Around 80 employees from npower's Worcester and Solihull offices clubbed together and took to the water in an 'oar-some' rowing competition along the River Severn, which saw the winning team take the golden oar, and raise thousands of pounds along the way.

The company decided to take part in a 'Paddle down the Severn’ event to raise money for its charity partner of 12 years, Macmillan Cancer Support. Before embarking upon the challenge, the team had already blown their fundraising target out of the water with each paddler exceeding their individual fundraising target of £50, to raising a staggering £6,500.

Starting at the Stourport Boat club, the enthusiastic paddlers were led by 10 captains and boarded their twin hulled bell boats, steering their way through the 20km course, along the country’s longest river and onto the finishing point at Worcester Rowing Club.

Leading her crew to victory in 2 hours and 50 minutes, team captain of the ‘Big Boats’ team, Sue Warman Senior Analyst at npower’s Worcester site, said: “The challenge was a lot of hard work but great fun, with eight in a boat it was easy to keep each other motivated! Most of our team had sore arms (and sore bottoms from the boat seats), but all the pain was worth it as we raised a fantastic amount.

She added: “With the help of lots of cakes, cheddars and chocolate bars but most of all, amazing team spirit and sheer determination from all, we brought our boat home for a well-deserved win.”

Worcester Rowing Club hosted the crew at the finishing point and continued the fundraising efforts by taking the opportunity to join in with Macmillan's new fundraising campaign, Summer Lights, with hundreds of fairy lights lighting the boathouse, celebrating the loved ones who ‘light up their lives’. 

Collectively, the team managed to raise an oar-inspiring £13,000 with npower match funding.

Crew member and Marketing Manager, Rebecca Hamblin of the ‘Media Boat’ team, based at Solihull, said: “The partnership npower have with Macmillan is really special and everyone is always so keen to help out and get involved in activities to raise funds for this great charity. My Mum had breast cancer a few years ago, and the support she received during her treatment was invaluable. I wanted to give a little back by taking part in the paddle race to help ensure this support continues for other people and their families that may need it in the future.”

Melanie Failes, Partnership Manager, at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “Congratulations to all the paddlers. This was a fantastic effort by all who took part, thank you for rowing to raise money to help people affected by cancer. All the money raised will go towards helping Macmillan ensure no one faces cancer alone.”