SSE employees help in fight against heart disease

Big-hearted SSE employees have raised more than £9,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) throughout Red February.

We held a number of activities to mark the charity’s 50th anniversary – with fundraising efforts matched through the company’s Be the Difference scheme.

As well as a number of colleagues donning something red as part of “Wear it. Beat It.” an exercise bike was set up at our Perth head office selling 15 minute slots on the bike for a small donation.

Other red-themed events taking place across SSE in February include a Valentine’s raffle, an auction and a bake sale. The Healthy Working Lives team also issued advice on taking care of your heart.

These events raised £3,862.45 – which was match-funded to bring the total to £7,724.90.

A number of employees also held their own funding raising events throughout the month, their £918.61 total was also match-funded to make £1,275.10.

Host catering, which operates the canteen in Perth, also donated all the proceeds from its sales of red soup to the fund, adding an additional £300 to the total.

Gillian O’Reilly, Head of Community Programmes, said: “SSE believes in promoting a healthy work/life balance for its employees and we have raised a fantastic amount of money throughout Red February.

“The aim was to improve employees’ health and fitness and to encourage them to choose healthier lifestyle options while raising money for a good cause, and they have certainly achieved that.”

Amit Aggarwal, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF, said “We would like to offer a huge thanks to SSE for their incredible red-themed fundraising efforts.We are so grateful to the team for getting behind our “Wear it.Beat it.” campaign in the fight against heart and circulatory disease and raising over £9,000.

“All the money raised will help us truly make a massive difference to the millions of people living with these conditions.”