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Rainton employees use pedal power all the way to Paris to pump up charity funds

Last weekend, a courageous team of six cyclists from npower’s Rainton office in Sunderland successfully cycled their way from London to Paris, covering a huge 195 miles in aid of charity partner of 12 years, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Starting at the iconic London Eye, the three day route took the 40 strong team from offices across npower through glorious English countryside, as they cycled from London to Newhaven on day one. Once ‘French side’, the intrepid cyclists continued to push the pedals along quiet French country lanes, and through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France before reaching the outskirts of Paris and entering their final furlongs.


The pièce de résistance of this cycle challenge for charity was the spectacular view of the 324 metre Eiffel Tower in the heart of the French capital, which marked the finish line.

Each team member had an individual fundraising target of £400, which they collectively surpassed, reaching £26,000, and with npower match funding the total fundraising pot hit over £52,000.

Before setting off, Daniel Steer, 33, a senior analyst based at npower’s Rainton office reflected on why he wanted to take on this grueling challenge. Daniel said: “I have been touched by the great work Macmillan do having supported my Granddad in his battle against cancer, and also a close friend of mine who lost her battle against cancer nearly 6 years ago.

“I am so proud to work for a company such as npower who support such a fantastic charity and give their staff the opportunity to give something back.”

On completing the challenge, Daniel Bennett, 26, a billing assurance analyst also from the Rainton site said: “I've had no better feeling than I did passing the finish line at the Eiffel Tower and seeing a sea of green Macmillan t-shirts!  Completing nearly 200 very tough miles were fully worth the pain knowing we’d raised so much money for a charity so close to my heart.  The icing on the cake was meeting some great people from across the business and sharing such an amazing experience with them - it’s a trip I will never forget!”

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of community, who joined the team on their expedition, said: “Our very own ‘tour to France’ was an incredibly tough challenge, we all stretched ourselves to the limit but it was worth it for the stunning views from the UK to the French capital and taking in all the amazing scenery in between.  I am so proud of each and every colleague who took part - we had a mixture of abilities with some people who’d never cycled long distances before and others that were complete professionals, who all came together to raise over £50,000 for Macmillan.”