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npower team paddle to raise thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support

Around 100 employees from npower’s Worcester offices rowed 14 miles down the River Severn in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support - which saw the winning team take a golden oar and raise over £11,000 in the process.


The company took part in a 'Paddle down the Severn’ event to raise money for its charity partner of 13 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 £11,423.


Starting at the Stourport Boat Club, the enthusiastic paddlers were led by 12 captains and boarded their twin hulled bell boats, racing and steering along the country’s longest river and finishing at Worcester Rowing Club 20 km away.


Commercial Manager Daniel Belbeck, whose boat placed second in the race, is a keen fundraiser who also took part in the London Marathon. He said of the paddle: “ I was really excited about the challenge ahead. It’s a long way to paddle and I knew our team wanted to try to win, so I knew it was also going to hurt a little along the way. And it DID hurt!! But it was a great race and really good to be a part of such a fun and well organised event.”


He added “We all know someone affected by cancer. Only last year a member of our Supply Chain team, John, lost his battle with cancer, so it was so important for our team to be able to fundraise in his memory.”


Collectively, the team managed to raise an oar-inspiring £11,423 - with npower matching funding for an astounding £22,846 total.


In a speech prior to the race, Catrin Hale, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said “To see so many of you turn out and raise such a huge amount of money is fantastic. We’re so proud of our 13 year partnership with npower, and from the money you’ve raised we are able to give people living with cancer grants to heat their homes when they have no other means. This means they don’t have to worry about their bills anymore and they can concentrate on getting better.”


After having a whale of a time, the crews were hosted by Worcester Rowing Club, who continued their fundraising late into the evening with a celebration of achievements and a quiz.