Drax raises £9,000 for Humber charity CatZero

Employees at Drax Power Station, near Selby, have raised £9,000 for Humber-wide charity CatZero, an organisation delivering inspiring projects to engage young people, adults, and families at the point of crisis.

From unemployed people struggling to find work to young people seeking direction, CatZero’s unique approach allows the charity to meet specific needs. Tailored plans encourage participants to break down barriers while building trust and confidence, using self-analysis, development, and challenges as tools for lasting personal change.

CatZero is named after the charity’s round the world, 72-foot Challenge yacht, which is used by groups of young people and adults as a tool to build self-confidence, teamwork skills and co-operation.

Drax employees took part in a charity golf day and the funds raised were then matched by the company’s Charity Committee. The donation will go towards CatZero programmes supporting Forces’ veterans.

Jane Breach, Drax Community Engagement & Visitor Centre Team Leader, said: “The charity golf day was a great opportunity to combine team building with raising money for a cause close to the hearts of our colleagues. We’re proud to support the positive work CatZero does for so many people across the region and we hope this donation will help to make a difference in the lives of the those who take part in the programme.”

Catzero Operations Manager, Pete Tighe, said: “Donations such as these are vital to helping us continue to deliver projects to young people, families, single parents, and adults across the whole Humber region.  To date, we have helped more than 2,000 people, including individuals who are recovering from mental health issues, long term unemployed, service veterans, ex-drug users and ex-offenders.

“Thank you to all the Drax employees who took part in the charity golf day and raised such a significant amount.”

Drax is committed to supporting the communities local to its operations through various initiatives including fundraising for local charities and supporting education and skills.


Photo caption: Jane Breach, Drax Community Engagement & Visitor Centre Team Leader and Pete Tighe, CatZero Operations and Partnership Manager

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Notes to editors:

  • Drax’s Charity Committee has a dedicated fund for supporting good causes local to its operations, which include Drax Power Station near Selby and its hydro power plants in Scotland.
  • It accepts funding requests that will have a positive impact on the local community by supporting the company’s STEM (Science Engineering Technology and Maths) education outreach work and improving skills and employability.
  • Charities and community organisations local to Drax’s operations which support STEM and education outreach, skills and employability, or which work to improve local communities, can apply for small grants from Drax.
  • To request an application form, email [email protected] or fill out an enquiry form on the Drax website.

About CatZero

CatZero is named after the 72-foot Challenge Round the World Racing Yacht which is used with groups of young people and adults as a tool to build self-confidence, teamwork skills and co-operation. CatZero have also developed a number of exciting and challenging racing events and adventures for people to take part in throughout the year.

From unemployed people struggling to find work to families reaching crisis point and troubled young people, CatZero’s unique approach allows them to meet specific needs. through breaking barriers and building trust and confidence in participants using self-analysis, development, and challenge.

Living and working with others in challenging conditions helps young people to overcome their fears and insecurities, create new friendships and visualise new futures. Isolated from peer pressure and home life distraction, they are given the time and space needed to truly break free and see their need to make a change.

The success of CatZero’s programmes is evident, with more than 60 per cent of participants having moved into employment, education or training.

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