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Cumbernauld Scottish Power staff help to generate £2m to beat cancer

Written by Linda Summerhayes.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 12:25 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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ScottishPower staff raised £2m for Cancer Research UK. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD ScottishPower staff are celebrating as their dedicated fundraising efforts have helped the energy provider to raise £2 million for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
 
As a collective force, ScottishPower’s customers and employees - including staff from the Cumbernauld office - have proved they’ve got the energy to help beat cancer by reaching the impressive sum in less than 18 months.
 
ScottishPower formed a major partnership with the charity in February 2012 and has raised vital funds through a raft of different initiatives and events including Race for Life and sales of a discounted ‘Help beat cancer’ energy tariff.
 
Staff have also put their heart and soul into the fundraising drive by organising everything from sponsored beard-growing competitions to bake-offs and bikeathons.
 
Money raised through the partnership will fund Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work to help more men, women and children in Cumbernauld and across the UK survive cancer.
 
ScottishPower is also working together with the charity to help people understand the link between lifestyle and cancer. This includes sharing healthy living messages with their customers and employees to help reduce their risk of the disease.
 

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Neil Clitheroe, ScottishPower CEO of Retail & Generation, said: “We are delighted to have donated £2 million to Cancer Research UK and would like to say a huge thank you to all our staff and customers who have helped us along the way.
 
“The battle against cancer never stops. More than one in three people will develop some form of the disease in their lifetime. That’s why ScottishPower is so passionate about raising millions of pounds for Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking research and working to help raise vital awareness of how people can reduce their risk of cancer.”
 
Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK spokesperson in Scotland, said: “Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised – so we have two million reasons to say thank you to ScottishPower’s staff and customers.
 
“It’s not just technology or knowledge that we need to win our fight against the disease – it’s funding. Through their incredible fundraising efforts ScottishPower has shown a truly inspiring dedication to helping Cancer Research UK bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
 
People in Cumbernauld can help ScottishPower to reach their next fundraising goal by taking part in the energy provider’s ‘Big 5 Challenge’ for  Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

ScottishPower is asking local people to complete five fun online challenges to help generate 50,000 virtual ‘High 5s’ via Facebook and Twitter, which they will convert to £25,000 for the charity.

For more information on how to get involved please visit facebook.com/ScottishPowerHigh5Challenge

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