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Burton Npower trio of staff tackle Ben Nevis for Macmillan cancer charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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A TRIO of Burton employees at an energy company's branch in Burton have taken on the challenge of climbing to the top of the nation’s highest peak in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Diane Hargreaves, Claire Jenkins and Julie Hopkins of Burton’s npower branch tackled Ben Nevis as part of the ‘10 for 10’ campaign marking 10 years of partnership between npower and Macmillan.

The aim of the campaign is to raise £150,000 for Macmillan, which the energy provider vows to match pound for pound.

The Burton trio joined 37 other npower employees from across the country and battled through the wind and rain to the summit of the mountain.

Their fund-raising efforts have raised £7,800 towards the total through JustGiving pages, raffles and other events in the office.

Senior development manager Claire Hopkins has seen the work Macmillan do and was inspired to take part in the Ben Nevis climb.

She said: “My best friend lost his son to a brain tumour and I saw the work Macmillan did to help. Having that insight into the difference they can make inspired me to take part.”

Operation manager Julie Hopkins said: “The weather was terrible and it was probably the

biggest physical challenge of my life, but I’m proud to have completed it for such a great charity.”

The ‘10 for 10’ campaign continues npower’s work with Macmillian in ensuring no one faces cancer alone and provides help for those with cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills through the Fuel Management Programme.

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