Power park run

5th May 2011'staff at Ferrybridge power station are doing a run/walk round Ponte race course for Macmillan nurses charity and are hoping to complete 100 miles between them to celebrate the charity being 100 years old.'Picture: Organiser Gillian Brown (centre) with work colleagues.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
5th May 2011'staff at Ferrybridge power station are doing a run/walk round Ponte race course for Macmillan nurses charity and are hoping to complete 100 miles between them to celebrate the charity being 100 years old.'Picture: Organiser Gillian Brown (centre) with work colleagues.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

KIND-hearted engineers at Ferrybridge Power Station ran 100 miles to mark a charity’s centenary.

Fourteen members of staff in the engineering department at the Scottish and Southern Energy plant walked and raced around Pontefract Park to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Gillian Brown, technical administrator, said: “It’s the charity’s 100th birthday, so we decided to run or walk 100 miles between us to raise cash.

“Some of the fitter members of the team ran up to six laps of the course, while others walked whatever distance they could.

“We had a good day and there was a great team spirit with everyone encouraging each other.

“In the end we managed to cover 115 miles for this fantastic cause. We hope to have raised a lot of money.”

Workers at the site give their time to projects across the district through its Community at Heart initiative.

Gillian added: “In the past members of staff have helped at Sherburn High School, paving the car park and doing a greenhouse project. We’ve also done things at Airedale High School and schools in Ferrybridge.

“It’s not giving money, but giving our time to improve lives in our community. We’ve also raised cash for charities through things like bag packing.

“If anyone would like to support our fundraising for Macmillan we’d appreciate any donations made directly to the charity.”