Staff at Britain’s Energy Coast have raised thousands for charity during the festive season.

Team members from BEC took part in a Christmas party fundraiser to raise £2450 for two selected local charities - Calderwood House and Howgill Family Centre. The company then matched the sum raised.

Adam Phillips, BEC’s community and energy officer and management trainee Rachel Murray led the charitable fundraiser as part of BEC’s community support initiative Giving:BEC.

Adam said: “A huge part of our festive charity programme is increasing our internal understanding about the vital role the charities we choose play in our society. We are thrilled to have raised £1225 for each charity as well as raising awareness.”

Rachel added: “Christmas is such a happy time for so many people but it’s vital to remember that others are not so lucky and where we can, we should look to share our good fortune. This principal is the bedrock of our charitable choices this year. Howgill and Calderwood both do so much to bring cheer to those who may be isolated, lonely or vulnerable this December.”

Howgill Family Centre is a registered charity that provides education, skills, health, and social care services for children and their families across West Cumbria. Calderwood House provides solutions to homelessness, particularly prioritising ex-military personnel and the unemployed in West Cumbria.

Tracey Newbold, early help support worker from Howgill Family Centre said: “This money will help us to ensure we can provide emergency food hampers over Christmas. So far we have had more than 70 from professional services referrals with requests to assist local families with hampers, so every penny helps to ensure no one goes without. Our team will also use the funds to help distribute unwrapped toys to parents and carers for them to wrap for children who otherwise would get very little.”

Calderwood House founder Rachel Holiday said: “Winter is sadly our busiest time. We are currently full of men and women of all ages. Our staff and volunteers need to work overtime so no one is left outside at Christmas. Luckily we have fantastic staff on site 24 hours a day and we have food, warmth, kindness and compassion. Most importantly, we have people in our community who constantly support our project and keep the doors open to those in need. BEC employees have made a special difference this year, with these donations we will make sure no one goes hungry this Christmas.”