Over 100 employees from RWE npower’s offices in Swindon donned shorts, tee-shirts and running shoes and completed an amazing 1,080 kilometres within three hours, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, in the company’s first-ever Swindon 10k fund-raising run.
Volker Beckers, RWE npower’s UK CEO, was in the starting line up and there was some serious competition from regular runners to cross the finishing line first. That honour went to Nathan Blunden, a business systems analyst from Old Town, who competed in last year’s London Marathon. Nathan was delighted to participate in the event, saying, “Over two million people in the UK are living with cancer. Last year, I raised around £2,000 for Macmillan through the London Marathon and I hope the Swindon 10k fund-raiser is going to be an annual event; if so, I shall be entering again next year.”
The race was started by Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, who comments: “We are very lucky to have such incredible support from RWE npower employees; they have put so much effort and energy into raising money for Macmillan. Since 2004 staff, friends and family have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for us, and we have run a joint initiative to help address fuel poverty for npower customers affected by cancer .The partnership is now worth £4million to Macmillan, helping us fund vital cancer support services across the UK. A huge congratulations to everyone that took part in this fantastic event.”
Sponsorship pledges for the run have just burst through the £10k barrier and RWE npower have set a target of raising £100,000, for this year alone. Volker explains; “Our partnership with Macmillan is extremely important to us; the charity was chosen by our employees at the outset and their support and involvement have been key to the partnership’s success. This year is the 100th anniversary of Macmillan and we are aiming to exceed the fund-raising efforts of previous years to help more people living with cancer.”
RWE npower volunteers also acted as marshals along the route and both the atmosphere and the weather were fabulous; work on the second Swindon 10k race for 2012 is already on track.
Pictured, top left: runners with Volker Beckers (left) and Ciaran Devane (right); top right: Barbara Pocock, Jane Downes and Sandie Mulcahy before the race starts; bottom left: Karen Hanks, Donna Warren, Tanya Bates, Sarah Wilson and Danielle Brewer get ready for the off; bottom right: a delighted Nathan Blunden after he crosses the finishing line with Ciaran Devane.