Bravehearts hit the heights for Youth Adventure Trust

Date: Thursday 19 May 2016

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Hundreds of our colleagues put in a peak performance by completing two demanding challenges to raise more than £180,000 for charity.

The third annual Taylor Wimpey Challenge saw teams of competitors representing all of our 24 regional businesses – as well as our head office in High Wycombe and Taylor Wimpey Spain – head for Scotland’s Grampian Mountains in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust and other good causes.

Around 370 of our staff took part in their choice of two gruelling expeditions which both culminated in a climb to the peak of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Members of the 21 teams who completed the ‘Braveheart Challenge’ also tackled the other two of the famous Three Peaks – Snowdon in Wales and Scafell in Cumbria – while 41 more teams took on the ‘Going for Gold Challenge’, a Highland Games event involving caber tossing and bagpipe playing!

The challenge was our third team-building fundraiser held in partnership with the Youth Adventure Trust, which provides adventure camps and day activities for disadvantaged children.

Each team was challenged to raise at least £1,500 in total to be split between the Youth Adventure Trust and a local charity of their choice. Following the event on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th May and Sunday 15th May, our projected fundraising total stands at £181,783.

Approximately £140,000 of this will go to the Youth Adventure Trust, while the remaining funds will be split between a number of other charities including CLIC Sargent, National Deaf Children’s Society, Wood Street Mission, Tanya’s Courage Trust, St David’s Foundation Hospice Care and Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Pete Redfern, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, who led his own team, ‘The Redfern Review Team’, on the Braveheart Challenge, says: “The third Taylor Wimpey challenge in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust was, without doubt, the toughest we’ve faced so far – but with that came a huge sense of achievement for everyone involved.

“It was great seeing so many colleagues getting into the spirit of the occasion and raising a fantastic amount of money for some really worthy causes.”

The Youth Adventure Trust runs outdoor development courses for young people aged between 11 and 14 who come from difficult backgrounds.

The children are referred by schools, social services or other agencies and the trust aims to build their confidence and teach them team-working skills through activities including caving, canoeing, climbing and archery.

The activities are free of charge to the young people who take part, but each place costs the Youth Adventure Trust £3,300 – so the money raised through our Taylor Wimpey Challenge will help to change the lives of at least 43 young people.

Mark Davey, Chief Executive of the Youth Adventure Trust, says: “It’s a real pleasure to work with Taylor Wimpey – their staff are highly motivated, they have a real can-do attitude and are a lot of fun.

“They've done amazingly well at their fundraising and have, as a consequence, changed many, many young lives.  On behalf of everyone at the Youth Adventure Trust I’d like to say thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their support.”