ScottishPower Staff

STAFF from energy giant ScottishPower will next weekend, 11th and 12th September, undertake a gruelling adventure challenge in the Peak District to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE).

The seven teams, each with six participants from ScottishPower, will compete for the DofE Challenge Trophy across one of England's wildest National Parks.  Staff have to raise sponsorship money to take part in the two day contest which includes hiking, navigation and team challenges for up to six hours per day.

The 42-strong group from ScottishPower is hoping to raise over £8,500 for the charity with teams competing to secure the coveted trophy.

Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in the Challenge Trophy with other teams from across the UK.  Our employees can’t wait to get started on this expedition – everyone is raring to go!

“We’re hoping to raise a significant amount of money for the charity which will help young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards in the future.  A lot of teamwork will be required to get us to the finish line and we are really looking forward to being involved in such a fun and worthwhile fundraising experience.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps young people on the path to becoming fully active in society.  Everyone at ScottishPower is encouraged by the objectives of the charity and we’re very much looking forward to taking part in the event.”

During the challenge, teams will be self sufficient, navigating their 15-mile route across the moors and completing survival challenges along the way.   Carrying everything they need for 36 hours, they will camp out in some of the world's most stunning and remote locations.   Day two will require groups to use their wit and wisdom to solve team challenges - one of which involves water.  The journey will test individuals and teams not only physically but also mentally.

ScottishPower staff chose to take up the challenge as the company is already working in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The energy giant is supporting the charity with a sizeable six figure sum and by working to support an increase in vocational opportunities through DofE programmes.  As a result of the company’s partnership and support, it is anticipated there will be 75,000 extra people participating in DofE programmes. 

ENDS

Issued by The BIG Partnership on behalf of ScottishPower.

For more information please contact:

Susanne Grant on 0141 333 9585 / 07824 388 472 or email susanne.grant@bigpartnership.co.uk

Kim Munro on 0141 333 9585 / 07966 224 910

kim.munro@bigpartnership.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

  • ScottishPower provides employability training for young, disadvantaged people in our local communities through programmes in three distinct areas – school, community and work based.
  • Since 1996, their community programmes have helped over 18,500 young people. The positive, long term impact of ScottishPower work was recognised in July 2007 with a Silver Jubilee Award from Business in the Community, as well as several Big Ticks across its range of programmes. 
  • Already through ScottishPower’s involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, Glasgow City Council is able to put all of its 600 apprentices being trained for work on the 2014 Commonwealth Games through Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Notes

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who remains the Patron.  HRH The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee.
  • Over 275,000 young people were taking part in DofE programmes in the UK, supported by 400 partner organisations and over 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.  Around 12% of participants are experiencing significant disadvantage.
  • Last year over 182,000 young people started a DofE programme, an increase of 9% from
    the previous year.
  • 71,224 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an increase of 7% from last year: Bronze: 46,466, Silver: 17,681, Gold: 7,077
  • In total, over 4.3 million people have participated in DofE programmes and achieved almost 1.9 million Awards in the UK since 1956.
  • Through the volunteering part of their programme, young people give their free time to society with a value of over £18.5million per year.
  • A survey, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, with major employers, found that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is valued more than work experience when selecting employees.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland
    No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.
  • The DofE is run in over 120 countries worldwide, highlighting how the DofE can truly transcend boundaries of race, language, ethnicity and culture.
  • Further information can be found at www.DofE.org/scotland    

Contact: Susanne Grant
Phone: 0141 333 9585
Email: susanne.grant@bigpartnership.co.uk
Website: http://www.bigpartnership.co.uk