Drax employees raise £2,000 for food banks

Around 50 employees from Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire took part in its annual fun run in aid of local food banks.

Runners had the choice of completing either a 5km or 10km route around Drax’s Skylark Nature Reserve, donating £1 per kilometre to take part.

Those completing the 10km route climbed to the top of the local landmark Barlow Mound.

The total raised was matched by Drax, amounting to £1,150 donated each to the Selby & District Food Bank and the Two Rivers Community Pantry in Goole, which provide essential supplies to hundreds of people in the surrounding areas who are struggling with the cost of living.

Drax Group Generation Director, Penny Small and Anne Handley, East Riding Councillor and founding member of the Two Rivers Community Pantry

Anne Handley, East Riding Councillor and founding member of the Two Rivers Community Pantry who attended the event, said, “We were delighted to be selected as one of Drax’s chosen charities for the Big Skylark Fun Run – the money raised by Drax Power Station’s employees is vital to the work we do to help hundreds of people in Goole and the surrounding areas every year.

“The demand for foodbank support is increasing at a frightening rate. We currently have around 900 people who use the foodbank and this is set to increase as we enter the colder months. Congratulations to all the runners who took part and thank you again for your donation.”

Drax Group Generation Director, Penny Small, who started the race, said: “The work these food banks do to support people struggling with the cost of living is vital. It’s a cause that is close to the hearts of our employees and no surprise that so many got involved and showed their support. A big well done to all the runners and to the team who organised the event!”


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About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

Drax’s around 3,000 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit www.drax.com

Power generation:

Drax owns and operates a portfolio of renewable electricity generation assets in England and Scotland. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It is also where Drax is piloting the groundbreaking negative emissions technology BECCS within its CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage) Incubation Area.

Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan.

The Group also aims to build on its BECCS innovation at Drax Power Station with a target to deliver 4 million tonnes of negative CO2 emissions each year from new-build BECCS outside of the UK by 2030 and is currently developing models for North American and European markets.

Pellet production and supply:
The Group has 18 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate production capacity of around 5 million tonnes a year.

Drax is targeting 8 million tonnes of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over 3 million tonnes of new biomass pellet production capacity. The pellets are produced using materials sourced from sustainably managed working forests and are supplied to third party customers in Europe and Asia for the generation of renewable power.

Drax’s pellet plants supply biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses, and also to customers in Europe and Asia.


Drax supplies renewable electricity to UK businesses, offering a range of energy-related services including energy optimisation, as well as electric vehicle strategy and management.

To find out more go to the website www.energy.drax.com