First Utility appoints NSPCC as its national charity partner; raises £15,000 in first four months

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NSPCC becomes First Utility's national charity partner.

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Leading children’s charity NSPCC has received a donation of more than £15,000 from Warwick-based energy company First Utility. The donation is the first following First Utility’s adoption of the NSPCC as its national charity partner in spring 2013 and is the result of a series of staff and company-led fund-raising activities.

First Utility had eight employees running in the London Marathon for the NSPCC in April with all the sponsorship money raised being matched by First Utility. The company also held numerous fund-raising activities including cake sales, staff parties and a family barbeque. Next on the agenda is an ‘apprentice’-style challenge, whereby teams from across the business will be given £20 and tasked with turning it into £200.

The initial cheque was presented to Kirsty White and Barbara Elsey of the NSPCC during the company’s annual staff and family BBQ fundraiser in Warwick.

Ian McCaig, CEO, First Utility said:

"The NSPCC provides invaluable help and support which, sadly, we see on an almost daily basis is desperately needed by some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

"We are extremely proud of all the efforts our staff have made to raise such a substantial amount for such a worthwhile cause. It is extremely rewarding for us to be able to present the NSPCC with this cheque and we look forward to supporting them throughout the year."

Kirsty White from the NSPCC, said:

"In today’s economic climate, raising money and asking friends and family for donations can be very difficult. The efforts that staff at First Utility have put in to raise so much money in just a few months is simply fantastic. Every penny really does count and we are extremely grateful for all the support to help protect children from abuse and neglect."

"I’d like to thank First Utility’s staff for their time and efforts; they really have helped to make a big difference to the lives of many vulnerable children and young people."

Visit First Utility’s Just Giving page to pledge donations.

The staff BBQ featured bouncy castles, a bucking bronco and various sports day games provided by First utility employee James Higgins’ family business ‘3 2 1...Let's have fun’. The BBQ raised over £500 for NSPCC.

About First Utility

First Utility is the UK’s largest independent energy supplier. It supplies gas and electricity to over 180,000 residential and business customers throughout the UK.

First Utility is pioneering the use of new technology within the energy sector to empower its customers to control their energy spend. It was also the first UK energy supplier to offer smart meters to all its customers in 2008.

In 2012 it launched my:energy, an online analytics service which provides households and businesses with personalised information regarding their energy usage with the aim of giving customers cheap electricity and gas.

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