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npower employees kick off Volunteers Week in style

Employees from local energy company, npower, have been backing National Volunteers Week by lending a helping hand and supporting a range of fundraising activities at St Richards Hospice and Worcester Animal Rescue Shelter.


A group of 10 eager volunteers headed off to the Crowngate Ladies Day at Worcester Racecourse at the weekend, selling raffle tickets to the huge crowds to raise funds for St Richards Hospice.


Amongst the npower volunteers was ‘local celeb’ Jon Mann, who was joint winner of this year’s Coach Trip – Road to Tenerife TV series on E4. The team, who have attended the event for the sixth year running, helped raise a staggering £4,660 which npower matched £4£, collecting a grand total of £9,320 for the Hospice.


Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraising at St Richards Hospice was humbled by the volunteering efforts and said: “It really was wonderful to have such a great team of people giving up their valuable time to support the Hospice, and for npower to double the amount raised is incredible. This donation will have an impact on so many people’s lives - not only for our patients but also their families. The funds will enhance our existing support services such as our in-patient unit, hospice at home care, and our vital bereavement support service.’’


Following the weekend’s events, on Monday, 15 employees honed their gardening and painting skills at Worcester Animal Rescue Shelter. The group’s support for the local charity, now in its third year, brought out the Monty Don in all of them. The team also met many of the centre’s furry residents looking for their ‘forever home’.


Sally Dixon, the Shelter’s team leader, said: ‘’It was great to welcome back the npower employees who were so happy to help and take on lots of different tasks. All of us at WARS appreciate any time volunteers can give - the dogs, cats and chickens all appreciated their efforts too!’’


Tim Bailey, from npower’s Commercial department and team leader for the day, added: “We had a great day volunteering at the shelter. We spent the day battling through nettles and weeds, brightening up storage spaces with a lick of paint, clearing the dog training paddocks and chicken runs in readiness for some new arrivals at the centre.


Tim added, “As a company we regularly take part in fundraising and charity events, and we also feel it’s important for us to stay connected to our local communities in which we live in.


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