20 December 2007 15:13
E.ON’s Alan is drumming up support for pipe band in Annan
Children at the Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band will be able to drum up some Christmas cheer thanks to a £250 donation from energy company E.ON UK.
Alan Mundle, 35, of Annan, who works as a shift operator at Stevens Croft Power Station, teaches youngsters in the group to play the side drum.
"I've been involved with the band since I was 10 and I've been teaching new members to play the side drums for about 17 years now", said Alan.
"We've got about 35 people in the band and at the moment I'm teaching three kids to play the side drums.
"We practice two nights a week and it can take from three to four years to fully learn how to play.
"As you can imagine, it's really expensive to provide all of the kit that the kids need, and the money we received from E.ON will come in really handy.
E.ON supports its employees by recognising and rewarding the voluntary activities undertaken in their own time.
Stevens Croft Power Station is a £90m 44MW plant located in Lockerbie, and is the largest dedicated biomass station in Scotland.
It is currently in its final phase of testing before it enters full commercial operation later this month, and is playing a key role in helping Scotland meet its challenging renewable energy targets.
Once complete, the scheme will generate enough electricity for around 70,000 homes and also prevent the emission of 140,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year.
Notes to editors:
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company. We employ around 18,000 people in the UK;
- E.ON is one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. We also burn biomass material mixed with coal in two of our power stations and we're currently building Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth, which when completed will be one of the largest wind farms in Europe;
- Our renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester;
- E.ON UK supports its employees' favourite charities by matching funds raised through sponsorship and other activities undertaken in employees' own time;
- E.ON UK donates grants of up to £250 to charities and not for profit organisations in recognition of any employee who has volunteered for more than 80 hours of personal time. In 2006, E.ON donated a total of £34,000 to more than 140 organisations to recognise the efforts of staff who volunteered over 23,000 hours of their own time.
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