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Yorkshire employees pedal to Paris for Macmillan

A group of four employees from npower’s Leeds 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, smashing their fundraising target of 16,000. npower will matched this figure £4£ to reach a grand total of £60,000.

Speaking before she set off, Rebecca McClure, Commercial Developer from npower explained why she had signed up for the challenge: “200 miles, hours in the saddle and a few sneaky hills but it was all worth it to raise money for Macmillan in memory of my friend Jack, whose birthday it would’ve been the day we arrived in Paris. It was a real challenge but the power of support shown by my Yorkshire colleagues back in the office and team mates along the way was  incredible and helped me make it through to the end.”

The epic 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.

After  completing  the challenge, Simon West, Operational Insight Analyst from npower, said : “I was looking for a way to raise money for a worthy cause that would take me out of my comfort zone and this was definitely it. Great routes, great people, and an unforgettable experience.”

Catrin Hale, Senior Partnership Development Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “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 has been powering Yorkshire since 1948 and has worked together with Macmillan for the past  14 years to  help 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.