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Power workers reach funding goals through charity football game

18 Nov Power workers reach funding goals through charity football game

A group of power workers plan to make charity football matches a regular fixture after successfully hosting their first game for Children in Need.

Field staff based in and around Colchester for UK Power Networks, which distribute electricity across the East of England, are now looking at playing games for other charities in the local community.

Their first encounter saw the two sides selected share 15 goals between them in a lively encounter played at East Bergholt earlier this month which raised more than £350 for Children in Need.

Alyssa Bates, an engineering assistant, organised the game and is looking to do the same again at least twice next year such was the interest from staff.

Alyssa said: “We were looking for a way to give back to the community and raise funds for a charity and football seemed the ideal way to get staff active and involved.

“I have taken on the role of Charity Champion in the Colchester office and knowing how many of the field staff are into football it’s a perfect fit so we plan to do more. It’s great to have been able to raise money for a fantastic cause in a way that everyone enjoyed.”

UK Power Networks also gives its staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in their local community through its Donate a Day scheme.