Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the power network which keeps the kettles boiling and the phones charging for 8 million customers across the region, is competing in National Energy Action’s (NEA) Great North Utility Challenge.
The Challenge sees employees from Northern Powergrid and Northern Gas Network, the North of England’s gas distributor, compete against each other in this year’s Great North Run to raise money for NEA, the charity which helps those living in fuel poverty.
Northern Powergrid employees have been taking part in a dress down day and holding bake sales across the business to help raise funds to support the four Team Powergrid runners, Anuj Chhettri, Kayleigh Allison, Andrew Bilclough and Sunil Shrestha who will all be running the iconic Great North Run half Marathon on the 10 September.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications & External Relations at NEA, said: “We know that over 150,000 households in the North East and 279,000 households in Yorkshire and Humber live in fuel poverty and are unable to heat their homes to the level required for good health and well-being. It’s great to see Northern Powergrid and Northern Gas Networks raising awareness and funds to help tackle the problem.”
Siobhan Barton, Northern Powergrid’s Head of Stakeholder and Customer Engagement, said: “We see our role as much more than just managing the region’s power network and keeping the lights on for our customers. We have an active social programme and commitment to using our local presence to engage, support and encourage energy efficiency to help make a lasting difference to fuel poverty.
“It’s great to see the whole of Team Powergrid helping to support our staff running the Great North Run as part of the Great North Utility Challenge to raise money for NEA to help tackle fuel poverty.”
National Energy Action has an advice page which includes a range of free printed and online resources on their website nea.org.uk/advice.