Opus Energy employees raise over £26k for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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Opus Energy staff raised £26,911.80 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

On Tuesday 12th March four of the fundraising employees presented the charity with the cheque at the energy firm’s Northampton headquarters.

Members of Opus Energy staff took their own initiative with the fundraising, including five of the Opus Energy team cycling from London to Paris in the summer, which raised £4,377. Meanwhile a football tournament in February brought in £385, and two more good sports from Opus Energy, Chris and Simon, otherwise known as the rock band Sons of Helots, played at a concert in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, raising £828. All money raised by the employees was matched by Opus Energy.

“We are always thrilled to see that our employees are up for a challenge in order to raise money for charity,” said managing director Charlie Crossley Cooke. Their phenomenal efforts over the last few years have raised a total of £46,945 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which the Trust uses towards helping the 75 children and adults in Northamptonshire who are affected by the disease.

“This is a real benchmark for our collective fundraising efforts for the next year,” continued Charlie Crossley Cooke. “We have decided to support two charities in 2013/14, and are currently running an office ballot to find a national charity and a smaller charity to support, based on nominations put forward by our employees.”

Gary who completed the summer cycle ride added: "I encourage anyone that gets the opportunity to take part in the London to Paris bike ride. Not only will you be raising money for a great cause, and riding with others that are doing the same, but the sense of achievement in cycling 300 miles is a wonderful feeling. Opus Energy was kind enough to give me that chance and I will be forever grateful that they did!"

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s senior corporate fundraising manager Sue Piper said: “We are so grateful to Opus Energy and its staff team, who have put a lot of effort into fundraising and reached this fantastic sum. Support from companies like Opus Energy makes such a difference to people affected by cystic fibrosis. It allows us to push forward with our exciting research plans and drive up the standards of care for people living with the disease.”

Visit the Opus Energy Challenge website to find out about the opportunities that Opus Energy offers its employees to achieve personal challenges.

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Notes to editors

  •     Photographs are available upon request
  •     Interviews are available upon request with:

     o    Andy Nash, Operations Director, Opus Energy
     o    Sue Piper, Senior Corporate Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Trust; and
     o    A Northamptonshire family who are affected by cystic fibrosis

For press enquiries, please contact:
Alexandra Dann
Marketing Executive, Opus Energy
Alexandra.Dann(at)opusenergy(dot)com
0845 218 2160

About Opus Energy
Opus Energy is the UK’s leading business energy supplier. The company was founded by Charlie Crossley Cooke in 2002 and now employs 450 people over its Northampton and Oxford-based offices.

Opus Energy supplies more than 150,000 business locations across the UK with power. Customers include: White Stuff, Paperchase, Stagecoach, Pizza Hut and Virgin Media.

In addition to supplying energy, Opus Energy also purchases power from over 500 renewable generators in the UK which it then supplies to its customers.

The management team has a 50 per cent stake in the business, while GDF SUEZ holds 30 per cent and Telecom Plus Plc has 20 per cent.

For further information about Opus Energy, please visit http://www.opusenergy.com.

About the CF Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK’s only national charity dealing with all aspects of cystic fibrosis (CF). It funds research to treat and cure CF and aims to ensure appropriate clinical care and support for people with cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a single defective gene. As a result, the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, become clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty digesting food.

Each week five babies are born with cystic fibrosis and two young people die – 90% from lung damage. Only half of those living with cystic fibrosis are likely to live past their 41st birthday, although improvements in treatments mean a baby born today is expected to live even longer.
Further information can be found on our website http://www.cftrust.org.uk.

Help and advice for those affected by cystic fibrosis is available through our Helpline on 0300 373 1000. For further information, media should contact Louise Banks on 0208 290 7912 or email lbanks9at)cftrust.org.uk

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