RWE staff raise more than £18,000 for local causes

By Anita Jaynes on 25 February, 2015

Employees working for Swindon-based renewables energy company, RWE Innogy UK, have raised more than £18,000 for causes that matter most to them in the past year.

From London to Paris bike rides to sporting facial hair for men’s health issues, hundreds of workers for the wind farm developer have dug deep and seen their efforts matched by the company.

RWE runs two charitable incentives which allows its workers to decide when and where the cash is donated.

A fund matching scheme (£4£) sees every single pound raised, for whatever cause, matched by RWE. In a separate initiative a £500 donation is made as a ‘community volunteer award’ (CVA) to any cause an employee volunteers for in their spare time.

Paul Cowling, managing director for the company, said: “Encouraging our staff and management to get involved in causes that really matter to them is very important to us here.

“Not only does it instil a greater work-life balance but it also allows us to reach causes both large and small that we wouldn’t normally be exposed to.”

One such beneficiary was Caenhill Countryside Centre, a not-for-profit organisation in Devizes, that works with communities to bring agriculture and horticulture to children by providing courses set on a farm.

Kara Franklin, who works in the centre of expertise in the company’s Auckland House branch, Swindon, spends a lot of her spare time helping out at the centre.

She said: “It’s a fantastic initiative and you really get a sense that children are learning a great deal by getting to be so close to the animals.

“I help with general maintenance duties such as painting hutches and also by feeding the animals. The donation that my company has made is wonderful as it helps to keep the centre available for the immediate community.”

Other activities saw male workers taking part in ‘Movember’, ice-bucket challenges for Motor Neurone Disease, a cycle ride from London to Paris for Christian Aid and a whole raft of other activities for equally worthy causes.

Employees embarking upon the £4£ scheme raised in excess of £4,300 in 2014 with that figure matched by the company – doubling it to more than £8,600. The CVA programme saw a total of 19 staff members receive one-off donations of £500 for their time spent helping out local charitable causes.