Date: Tuesday 01 July 2014
Twenty-seven people from our Midlands regional business donned their walking boots to take part in a charity hike in aid of St Basils, a charity for the homeless.
The six Taylor Wimpey teams completed the gruelling 13-mile route through the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire on Saturday 14th June, with four of them opting to take on the more challenging 26-mile course.
This annual charity event raises money for St Basils, which works with young people aged 16 to 25 in the West Midlands who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The team from Taylor Wimpey Midlands raised more than £2,000 for the charity through entry fees and sponsorship.
Roger Northam, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, who completed the 26-mile route, says: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to prove what we could achieve together as a team while raising money for an incredibly worthwhile cause.
“It was a great day and the high point for all of us was reaching Symonds Yat Rock, where the views across the forest and the River Wye were breathtaking.
“I’m so proud of the Taylor Wimpey staff who took part in the event, whether they opted for the shorter route or the full 26 miles, and I hope they’ll agree the sore feet were worth it!”
This is the second year running in which Taylor Wimpey Midlands has taken part in the St Basils charity walk, last year raising more than £2,500 for the organisation.
St Basils works with around 5,000 young people a year who are either homeless or facing the risk of homelessness. The charity provides a range of help including accommodation and support services.
It also offers opportunities for training and employment, enabling young people to break the cycle of homelessness and rebuild their lives.
To find out more about St Basils, visit www.stbasils.org.uk.