A team of seven employees have set off on a 500-mile cycle ride starting at the energy company’s UK Headquarters on Westwood Way in Coventry and finishing at its Group Headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The new partnership will last for two years and the bike ride marks the first of many planned fundraising events. The cyclists are expected to cross the finishing line after seven days of pedalling and are aiming to raise £5,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Nick Saunders from E.ON helped organise the bike ride and said: “We’re gearing up for fundraising success and the whole team feels proud to be the first fundraisers from E.ON to raise money for our new charity partners.
“Having witnessed first-hand the help, care and support Teenage Cancer trust provides for young people with cancer, we’re determined to raise as much money as we can and hope it’ll go some way to making a real difference.”
Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24. They fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best environment.
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “The team at E.ON are full of great ideas and enthusiasm and are throwing themselves into this first tough cycle challenge with impressive spirit. We’re looking forward to working together with E.ON staff over the next two years to raise a significant amount of money for young people with cancer.”
Fiona Stark, Director of Corporate Affairs, at E.ON added: “We’re delighted to announce the Teenage Cancer Trust as our charity partner for the next two years. The Coventry to Dusseldorf bike ride is a tremendous fundraiser to kick it all off, and I wish Nick and his team the best of luck.
“The support the charity provides in helping teenagers cope with cancer should never be underestimated. The Teenage Cancer Trust is an excellent organisation and I hope our colleagues can help to raise much needed funds for this extremely worthy cause.”