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Power workers' charity cake sale

Friday 27th June 2014

CARING electricity workers in Maidstone have raised £276 for a charity that helps vulnerable customers during power cuts.

Hundreds of UK Power Networks’ staff showed their support during Red Cross Week by organising cake sales, a car wash and wearing casual clothes for the annual national fundraiser.

Events were held at the company’s offices in Bircholt Road, Park Wood, as well as other centres in the South East, with more than £1,000 being raised across six sites.

Mark Astarita, director of fundraising at the British Red Cross, said: “We are delighted to have the support of UK Power Networks, and are especially grateful to the company’s staff for their wonderful fundraising efforts. Their contribution will allow us to offer help to even more vulnerable people affected by power cuts around the UK.”
In 2008, UK Power Networks became the first electricity distributor to form an innovative charity partnership with the British Red Cross, bringing practical help at home to thousands of vulnerable customers during power cuts in London, the South East and East Anglia.

Sam Fuller, UK Power Networks’ head of customer services, said: “We know what a worrying time a power cut is, especially for vulnerable customers, which is why the charity’s support is so important.”

The company is appealing for more people to apply for its priority services register - a free service which helps people who are dependent on electricity for medical equipment such as oxygen, nebulizers, bed bath hoists or chair lifts, are chronically sick or have a disability such as blindness, deafness, or mobility problems. People who have a young baby or are recovering from an operation can also register.

Being on the register does not always mean engineers can restore electricity supplies quicker, but when the firm knows about a power cut staff will normally contact vulnerable customers with updates, advice and reassurance.

To register ring UK Power Networks on 0800 169 9970 or email or see