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Cumbernauld energy staff walk the walk for Airdrie charity hospice

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 15:29 GMT on Monday, July 8th, 2013.

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KIND-HEARTED staff at the SSE offices in Cumbernauld endured a five hour walk recently to raise money for charity.

Over sixty employees, drawn from SSE’s Cumbernauld and Glasgow sites completed the five hour walk to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.

The team set off from the energy firm’s Tom Johnston House in Cumbernauld and finished 15 miles later at One Waterloo Street, in Glasgow.

Previously, Scottish and Southern Energy employees showed they were big-hearted; helping out the Airdrie-based hospice by painting and tidying the hospice’s garden grounds.

The previous efforts of the SSE staff meant that, when staff were asked to nominate a charity to help this year, many decided once again to dedicate time to fundraising the hospice.

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Terri O’Donnell, SSE employee, who also works on the Healthy Working Lives team, commented. He said that the team “decided to do something a little different.

He said: "Every year through our employee volunteering scheme Community at Heart, staff get a day away from their normal work duties to help out a local project or charity. A lot of the activities usually include hands-on tasks such as gardening and painting. But this year, many of us decided to do something a little different and organise a company fundraising event to raise money for the hospice.

"The hospice does great work and provides such a good support for people with life limiting illnesses. We wanted to do something as a show of thanks to the great work they do as well as aim to raise money that can help make a difference to the hospice."

Katie Mulgrew, Director of Fundraising at St Andrew’s Hospice added: "I can’t thank SSE staff enough for organising and undertaking this charity walk. We have to raise over £57,000 each week to keep the services going at St Andrew’s Hospice so to have this show of support from SSE to help raise much needed funds is greatly appreciated. Because staff at SSE care, we can care."

Community at Heart is an SSE employee volunteering scheme that enables every member of staff to get a day away from their normal work duties to help a local project or charity. Since the launch of the campaign, employees have been involved in over 1,400 projects across Britain and Ireland have dedicated over 16,500 days.

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