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Golf day raises over £9,000 in memory of Hinkley Point C's Matt Purdie

FRIENDS and colleagues of a former Hinkley Point C project worker teed off in his memory and raised more than £9,000 for local cancer support charity SURE, the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment, and national cancer charity Marie Curie.
A total of 111 golfers took to the greens at Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club for a charity golf day in memory of Matt Purdie who died last year after a short battle with cancer.
Matt was EDF Energy’s environmental and sustainability lead on the Hinkley Point C project, and received some of his treatment at the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, which is supported by SURE.
Teams of four battled it out in the bunkers and made sure they were on par in a bid to avoid a wooden spoon and to try and claim the top honours on the day. The winners were a team from contractors Cape.
Non-golfers also gave their support by baking cakes to sell during the event, taking photographs, acting as stewards and running an auction and raffle at the evening prize-giving.
Nigel Cann, programme and construction delivery director, said: “Matt was a popular member of the team at Hinkley Point C and as he was passionate about sport and had played in our previous golf day this seemed like a fitting tribute to him.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the event, from baking cakes to donating prizes for the raffle and auction.
“The day was a huge success and raised many thousands of pounds for SURE and Marie Curie in his memory.”
Matt lived in Bridgwater and was married with two children.

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Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
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EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.