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Cumbernauld energy workers raise £'000s for charity

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:01 GMT on Thursday, 1tth April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD-BASED Scottish Hydro staff have taken part in an ‘Apprentice-style’ challenge to raise money for a Scottish children’s’ charity. 

Over 60 employees from Scottish Hydro’s Cumbernauld site have taken part in an ‘Apprentice-style’ challenge over the past few months to raise funds for Scottish charity CHILDREN 1st.

The big-hearted employees have helped distribute 130 collection tins and 20 pin boxes - raising up to £5000 - thanks to the company’s Community at Heart scheme.

The scheme lets every member of staff get a day away from their normal work duties to help a charity or local organisation.

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Jodie Campbell, Regional Fundraiser with CHILDREN 1st added: "We set an ‘Apprentice-style’ challenge as it brought out their competitive edge and gave them a chance to work well together as a team. And it proved really successful. If they want to be volunteers in the future, I can say they are definitely hired!

"I can’t thank Scottish Hydro enough. They have been an absolute delight and so full of enthusiasm. We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our fundraising so if anyone is interested in lending a hand whilst helping a great cause, please get in touch."

Mari Nicol, a Scottish Hydro employee who dedicated one of her volunteering days to the project said: "The day was a fantastic experience and it was great to help such a worthy cause. The charity struggles to get volunteers for this type of activity so when they heard that we could help through our employee volunteering scheme they jumped at the chance.

"CHILDREN 1st goes to extreme lengths to provide support to vulnerable children and families right across Scotland and hearing about the great work they do made the job of distributing collection tins and badges worthwhile and lots of fun."

CHILDREN 1st has more than 125 years’ experience of working with children and families across Scotland. It supports families under stress, protects children from harm and neglect, helps them to recover from abuse and promotes children's rights and interests. If you’d like to volunteer please contact Jodie Campbell on 0141 418 5682 or email

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