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Drax power plant's fun run raises £2500 for Macmillan

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World Coal,

On Friday 28 September, approximately 70 staff from Drax power plant completed its inaugural fun run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The runners completed either a 5 km or 10 km route around Drax’s Skylark Nature Reserve as part of the company’s Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

Each member of the Drax team donated £1 per kilometre to take part in the event with those completing the 10 km route climbing to the top of local landmark Barlow Mound which is next to the power plant, near Selby in North Yorkshire (UK).

Staff also contributed to Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, by making home-baked cakes and treats to sell in aid of the charity – with staff contributing to cake stalls around the power plant site.

The money raised were then match funded by Drax. In total they raised £2500 for the charity, which provides support and advice to people with cancer and their families.

Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager for North and East Yorkshire, Clara White, who was on hand to start the race, thanked the runners as they came over the finish line.

She said, “I was delighted to be able to attend the Big Skylark Fun Run – the money raised by Drax Power Station staff is vital to the work we do to help thousands of people affected by cancer and their families across Yorkshire very year.

“Congratulations to all the runners, and thanks also to everyone who baked and bought cakes during the coffee morning. I hope all the runners treated themselves to an extra large slice of cake afterwards – they certainly earned it!”

Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner, who participated in the 5k run, said: “Congratulations to all the staff involved today – it was great to see such a fantastic turn out for a worthy cause. The run has been such a success we hope to make it an annual event.”

Drax Power CEO Andy Koss, who completed the 10k course added: “The run was a lot of fun – the run up Barlow Mound was a little challenging, but worth it for the views from the top!”

“The work of Macmillan in supporting cancer patients and their families is vital – most of us have been affected by cancer at some point in our lives, so perhaps it’s no surprise that so many of our staff got involved and showed their support. The runners and bakers were brilliant – but the team which organised the event was also fantastic. Well done all.”

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