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Monday, 24 September 2007

E.ON employees go for the ride of their lives in support of charity

E.ON employees go for the ride of their lives in support of charity

A group of four super-fit and daring workers from E.ON enjoyed a well deserved rest in the French capital after completing a gruelling 280 mile bike ride from London to Paris in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Andy Swaine, 27, Howard Mitchell, 26, Oliver Bliss, 25, and Gethin Musk, 26, all from Nottingham, completed the London to Brighton ride in 2005 for the British Heart Foundation and were keen to support the charity again this year. They were joined by their support driver Sarah Curtis, 23.

Andy, a Project Engineer at E.ON's Holford Gas Storage Project, said: "We were keen to do something different for the charity this year and riding from London to Paris sounded like a fair challenge to us all.

"The ride was over three days and we had overnight stops in Boulogne and Amiens.

"We all rode the full distance between Greenwich Park and the Palace of Versailles, which was about 280 miles, and I don't think any amount of training could have fully prepared us for it!

"We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and the best part of the challenge is that we were able to raise over £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation, and E.ON has agreed to match this amount as part of the company's matched funding programme.

"We'd really like to thank everyone who supported us, especially our support driver Sarah, who was with us through all of the aches and pains!"

E.ON UK supports its employees' favourite charities by matching funds raised through sponsorship and other activities undertaken in employees' own time.

In 2006, E.ON UK donated £179,000 through matched funding to the charities supported by 1,165 employees.

E.ON is the UK's largest integrated power and gas company - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company. They employ around 15,000 people in the UK.

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