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Swindon employees pedal to Paris for Macmillan

A group of six employees from npower’s Swindon office took on their own ‘Tour de France’ and  successfully cycled from London to Paris to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

In total,  40 cyclists from across all npower sites, raised almost  £30,000 for the charity, exceeding their fundraising target significantly. npower will matched this figure £4£ to reach a grand total of £60,000.

The epic 184 mile ride began in London on Thursday with the team gearing up to cover the first jaunt to Newhaven. Cycling through the ‘Garden of England’ to Newhaven made the first 70 miles a breeze.  From there, they took the ferry to Dieppe and had a chance to rest up before powering on to their hotel for the evening.

 

Day two took them from Dieppe to Beauvais covering 75 miles, passing through many picturesque French villages on the way. Finally, on day three, they rode all the way to the final stop, to one of Paris’ most iconic structures - the Eiffel Tower.  And this was after sampling the visual delights of the  Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe along the way.

Speaking when they arrived in Paris, participant Hannah Merron said: “Completing this challenge is such an achievement, we all feel so proud. I’d like to thank everyone who has shown interest in what we’re doing and donated worthy funds to Macmillan, we couldn’t have done it without that support.”

Catrin Hale, Senior Partnership Development Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

 

“We are delighted to see npower employees once again taking on such an incredible challenge to raise money for Macmillan. As the number of people living with cancer in the UK continues to rise, the efforts of our supporters at npower will help us be there for even more people who need us. The money raised will be used to provide Macmillan with fuel grants to help people living with cancer who are struggling with their energy bills.”

npower and Macmillan have been working together for over 14 years and have helped more than 34,000 families with cancer keep warm without worrying about the cost. npower’s Macmillan Fund caps energy bills and writes off debt for eligible customers who are living with cancer and npower also supports Macmillan’s Energy Advice Team, which offers help and guidance for people, regardless of their energy supplier.