Cancer Research UK Partnership

Our amazing partnership with Cancer Research UK

At ScottishPower we’re on a mission to deliver a cleaner, greener future. We’re investing millions in windfarms and generate only 100% green electricity. We want to use our position as a force for good that stretches beyond energy. That’s why we’re supporting Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity, dedicated to saving lives through research.

Since our partnership began back in 2012, our employees, customers and suppliers have worked hard to raise vital funds for the charity.  Together we’ve raised millions through our Help Beat Cancer energy tariff, sponsored Race for Life events across the UK and backed Stand Up To Cancer campaigns. We’ve baked, biked, jogged and enlisted some famous helpers along the way.

Our initial target was to raise £5 million over three years.  Now, nine years on, we’re delighted to have reached an incredible £30 million milestone – and we’re not stopping there!  We will continue to do everything we can to help Cancer Research UK bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

It’s estimated that one in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. By working together, we’re combining the charity’s lifesaving work with our drive to build a better future, quicker.

It’s a relationship we’re committed to because together we have the energy to help beat cancer sooner. 

World Cancer Day 2021

ScottishPower is proud to be supporting World Cancer Day on 4th February 2021 – a day which unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action for a cancer free future.

The World Cancer Day theme focuses on making a pledge: ‘I Am and I Will’.  The pledge could be to raise awareness of cancer, make a positive personal lifestyle change, or to fundraise.

The idea is that through our positive actions, together we can help beat cancer sooner. 

Below, Noel Pogson – IT Service Lead for ScottishPower in Glasgow – shares his experience of pledging to run 10k for Cancer Research UK, after embarking on a personal weight loss journey in 2019.

What inspired you to start running? “In February 2020, I saw ScottishPower’s #IAmAndIWill campaign for World Cancer Day, asking us to make a pledge. I decided that running a 10km was just about possible. On my first run on 20th February 2020, I barely managed to run more than 200 yards without needing to pause for breath. After a month of practice, I was able to run my first 5km without stopping!”

How did the pandemic impact your training? “My initial pledge was to take part in the 10km Great Scottish Run, but as the year went on, it was looking more and more likely that the event would be cancelled. I was determined to stick to my pledge, so I looked at virtual events taking place around the same time. That’s when I saw the 300-mile Great North Run – SOLO Challenge and decided to go for it! By 13th September, I had run the equivalent of 15.1 marathons and raised over £1,000!

That’s quite an achievement!  What was your motivation? “My real motivation was Cancer Research UK.  I thought that if I could raise a few more pounds to fund a little more research, and help to save a life, or bring a breakthrough a little bit closer, then it was a challenge worth running for.”

I’d encourage everyone to make a pledge this World Cancer Day and take positive action for their health.”

Take action and make your pledge


Celebrating a £30 million milestone

Together we’ve raised £30 million for Cancer Research UK over the last nine years. Cancer doesn’t stop and neither will we!

Through our positive actions, together we can help beat cancer sooner. 

Thanks to essential research over the past 40 years, Cancer Research UK has helped to double cancer survival rates. They want to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034.

But their mission to beat cancer has never been more urgent and COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on their fundraising.

If you would like to help us do more to support the life-saving work of the charity, you can donate directly to Cancer Research UK.

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Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464) and Scotland (SC041666)

Coming soon

Watch out for further details of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2021

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