Beat the Builder challenge helps support charities

Date: Wednesday 19 August 2015

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Our North West business unit was thrilled to present cheques to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley and the North West Air Ambulance Charity to the combined total of £31,758.60, following our Beat the Builder charity challenge, which was held in June.

The challenge was held in Coniston, the Lake District, and consisted of 9.5km of canoeing, 13km of hiking and 25km of cycling – with our staff and participating teams significantly exceeding their initial £25,000 target.

Sophie Saunders, fundraising manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, explains: “The amount that Taylor Wimpey North West has raised for the hospice is just incredible, and we would like to thank all who participated on behalf of everybody from Derian House. The money raised will help fund both our services and much-needed equipment, so we can’t thank them enough.

“It was a great day all round and although it was tough, we wouldn’t have missed taking part.”

Gillian Edwards, regional fundraiser at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “It was absolutely freezing on the day and the waters of Lake Coniston were extremely choppy – making the challenge even harder. I would like to join Sophie in thanking the team from Taylor Wimpey North West for organising everything, as well as everybody who donated and all who took part, on behalf of everybody from the North West Air Ambulance Charity.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice provides extensive care and support for over 300 families from across the county, ranging in ages from new born babies to young adults, each often with a life limiting or life threatening illness.

Meanwhile the North West Air Ambulance Charity works across Cumbria, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire, attending to thousands of incidents year-on-year. It costs the charity £6.6 million per year to ensure its three aircrafts continue to conduct lifesaving missions every day.

Ian Smith, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey North West, comments: “We’re absolutely amazed by the support we’ve had, and we are incredibly grateful to everybody who took part – and of course everybody who has donated.

“We’re glad that the funds raised have helped these two fantastic charities to continue their work, and we hope to partner with them again on another challenge in the future.

“The triathlon was much harder than we all thought it was going to be – especially the canoeing leg – as a number of participants capsized into the freezing cold waters of Coniston, so well done again to all who took part.”