Date: Tuesday 26 May 2015
Our colleagues from across the country completed a challenge with a difference recently, when we invited them to take part in a fundraising expedition in the Peak District.
As well as trekking 28km up hill and down dale and solving puzzles along the way, the Taylor Wimpey Peak District Challenge involved each team of participants building their own shelter out of recycled or scrap material and sleeping in it the night before the hike.
Shelter building took place on the Friday, and after sleeping in their constructions overnight, the teams were woken with a 5.30am alarm call on the Saturday before heading out on the trek and completing a series of mental and physical tasks along the route.
The event was our second team-building challenge 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 for this worthwhile charity.
The 51 teams who took part in the event raised in excess of an incredible £150,000 in sponsorship for the Youth Adventure Trust.
Pete Redfern, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, who took part in the event, says: “I’m immensely proud of all of the staff who took part in the Taylor Wimpey Peak District Challenge, with many spending weeks training to prepare for the event. They also worked incredibly hard to raise money for this fantastic charity and I’m delighted by the superb amount raised.
“We all have a great sense of achievement having completed the event and the various challenges we faced during the weekend.”
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 completely free of charge to the young people who take part.
Mark Davey, Chief Executive of the Youth Adventure Trust, says: “The Youth Adventure Trust’s camps and activities inspire and support vulnerable young people to learn valuable life-skills and build confidence and self-esteem which make a positive and measurable difference to their lives.
“We are immensely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its support – and to all of its employees for their dedication to training and fundraising – which has resulted in over a massive £150,000 being raised for our work. This money will give many young people the chance to take part in our programme, fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future.”
Each place on the Youth Adventure Programme is completely free of charge but costs the Youth Adventure Trust £3,000. The fantastic total raised by our colleagues will help to change the lives of over 50 young people.
To find out more about the work of the Youth Adventure Trust, visit www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk.