Sheffield engineer recognised for fundraising drive for cancer charity

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A Sheffield-based gas engineer who led more than 50 colleagues on two gruelling fundraising challenges has won recognition for his efforts.

Darren Fitzpatrick, who works for the National Grid, persuaded colleagues from across the country to join him on an 84-mile trek along Hadrian’s Wall and to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours.

The challenges raised £18,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which helped National Grid generate more than £600,000 for the charity over two years.

The cash will be used for emergency fuel grants to help cancer patients struggling to heat their homes.

Emergency Supervisor Darren, who works from National Grid’s depot in Attercliffe, was presented with an award by National Grid and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Doncaster-born Darren said: “I’m very proud to receive this award but it was a real team effort. I’m so proud of everybody that took part in the Three Peaks and Hadrian’s Wall – everybody pulled together and supported each other.

“My mum was diagnosed with brain cancer. She’s made a full recovery but it was a battle so I really wanted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the fantastic work they do.”

He is planning a 24-hour, 66 mile hike around the Isle of Wight in June to raise money for Kidney Research UK and the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Kidney Association.

He has also signed up for the Sheffield half marathon.

Chris Train, National Grid’s Director of Gas Distribution, said: “No-one should face cancer alone and through this magnificent achievement our employees have shown that we are a company that cares.”