ScottishPower Staff

Seven teams of staff from energy giant ScottishPower have completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s ‘Reach for the Peaks Challenge’ and raised £12,500 for the charity in the process.

The 42 employees navigated their way across a 20-25 mile route through moors and completed survival challenges along the way.  

Carrying everything they required for 36 hours, they camped out in some of the UK’s most stunning and remote locations in the Peak District.   Groups were required to use their wit and wisdom to solve team challenges - one of which involved building a raft and navigating their way around a marked course on a local lake.  The journey tested individuals and teams both physically and mentally.

Phil Duffield, Community Liaison Manager at ScottishPower, said: “The challenge was very tough but lots of fun.  All the groups from ScottishPower pulled together in their teams and navigated their way through the weekend.  We’re delighted to have raised £12,500 in total for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and coming in second, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, tenth and sixteenth place out of 17 teams is a great achievement.

“Each group used a lot of teamwork and determination to get to the finish line and it’s great to know that our efforts are helping an excellent cause.”

Rachel Roxburgh, Director of Fundraising at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, was grateful to all the participants who took part in the Challenge.

She said: “We were thrilled by ScottishPower’s enormous enthusiasm in taking part with so many teams in this event.  It was a tough challenge, but gave all the teams a taste of what 275,000 young people go through to achieve their DofE each year.  More importantly, it has raised around £25,000 for the charity to continue to support these young people”.

The energy giant supports the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 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. 

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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.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 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