Kind hearted workers at one of Wearside’s largest employers have raised over £1,700 for a national cancer charity.

Sunderland customer services staff at EDF Energy, Doxford International Business Park, hosted bake sales, raffles, sweepstakes and quizzes to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.

EDF Energy employees voted to support Breast Cancer Now as its official charity partner with an ambition to raise a total of £450,000 over three years through fundraising activity.

Kevin Gatens, head of customer services in the North said: “The Doxford team always put their all into fundraising and supporting the company’s charity partners. They do a fantastic job and a group of volunteers were recently recognised with national awards through the company’s Going For Gold Award scheme for their dedication to charity projects.

“. Breast cancer is something which has affected a lot of people and their loved ones, and we are looking forward to continuing our success in raising money to support research and treatment to help the charity reach their target of preventing all breast cancer deaths by 2050.”

Breast Cancer Now fund research into the disease, with the overall aim to develop a cure so that by 2050 everyone diagnosed with breast cancer will live.

The company-wide partnership between EDF Energy and Breast Cancer Now, which began last year, will run for three years with an aim to replicate the success of its last partnership with Marie Curie.

All funds raised will help Breast Cancer Now continue to fund lifesaving research into breast cancer, focussing on prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatments and secondary breast cancer.