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National Grid Lights Downtown Building Pink; Employee Events Planned To Raise Funds And Show Support

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - October 4, 2013 – Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society's 2013 estimates for breast cancer in the United States, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and over 2,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men as well?

This statistic alone is one of the many reasons National Grid is supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and its employees taking part in activities to raise awareness.

“Each one of us knows someone who has been afflicted with breast cancer,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid regional executive, Central New York division. “National Grid supports breast cancer awareness to educate our employees on early warning signs and detection and to continue our commitment to organizations that promote outreach to communities we serve across the region. It is through awareness that we can help to end the terrible scourge of breast cancer and shine the light on a cure.”

In an effort to “shine the light,” National Grid’s downtown Syracuse office complex is glowing pink this month to memorialize and celebrate those who have been affected by breast cancer.

“When you stand before the Niagara Mohawk building let each light be a symbol of someone you know that fought and won, that battled and passed, or is currently struggling and know that they aren’t alone,” said Jacqueline Baldwin, Associate Director, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY. “Have faith and hope that each light stands beside another and that all of those lights resonate within us forever. The Carol M. Baldwin Fund would like to thank National Grid and all of those who came together to design such an amazing event. ‘Together We Will Find A Cure.’”

National Grid’s Women in Networks Employee Resource Group (WiN) is sponsoring a number of awareness activities for employees over the next several weeks.

The group is promoting the sale of pink flags and t-shirts the proceeds of which will go to local breast cancer awareness and care organizations. On October 14, Dr. Patricia Numann, Chair, Grant Committee, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, and Jacqueline Baldwin, Associate Director, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, will host a video conference to provide National Grid employees an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer and its impact.

On October 16, National Grid employees will have a unique opportunity to wear their breast cancer awareness pink t-shirts, or pink colored clothing, and join in a celebration to spell “C-U-R-E” in a word-formation display on Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.

Breast cancer awareness events and activities during October are initiatives of National Grid’s Women in Networks Employee Resource Group. Other events to support awareness are also taking place in many of National Grid’s U.S. offices.

National Grid supports community involvement with a strong commitment to the areas the company serves. Click here to learn more about National Grid’s community initiatives.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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