AN EDF employee has marked a milestone birthday with a spectacular charity challenge.
Peter Evans, Station Director at Hinkley Point B, has just spent over three-and-half hours on the morning of his 60th birthday rowing a marathon to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
By the morning of the challenge the fundraising drive had netted more than £6,500 but as the row continued that total soared.
Peter said: “I put in a lot of training to be ready for this but it was still incredibly tough.
“As a proud Welshman being sponsored to do part of the row wearing an England rugby shirt made it that bit harder but I persevered and was thrilled to complete the challenge.
“Prostate Cancer UK is a vital charity raising money to support men with cancer and to undertake vital research into the illness and I’m delighted to have been able to raise so much for the cause and completely overwhelmed by the support people have given me.”
Peter completed the challenge in just under four hours in his Covid-secure office at Hinkley Point B power station.
When he started the challenge he’d hoped his efforts would raise about £2,000 but on the morning colleagues arriving at the station for work were confronted with buckets asking for further donations to keep boosting the total raised and by the time Peter had finished the total stood at £8,000.
Peter added: “This is not how I ever imagined spending my 60th birthday but I honestly couldn’t think of a better way than raising money for this important cause.
“I’ll be honest by the end my end felt a little saddle sore but it was worth it and I’m so grateful to everyone who gave me the best birthday present I could ask for, a donation.”
Peter is still accepting donations online at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=HPBFundraisingForPCUK&pageUrl=11.