A GROUP of our adventurous staff hiked their way into first place for fundraising at this year’s Hope Challenge after raising nearly £7,000 in donations.
The 2013 HopeChallenge- run by the international development charity Habitat for Humanity - saw over 20 teams and more than 70 people from across the country build their own shelter from scrap materials, which they then had to sleep in for two nights.
Established in 1965, Habitat for Humanity aims to raise awareness of the millions of people living in poverty worldwide. Costing on average £1,235 to build a house in a developing country, the funds raised by our teams, calledSunshine and Moonshine,will provide secure and healthy homes for five families.
As part of the Hope Challenge, the participants also enjoyed the 20 kilometre Skyline trek, which included 1,000 metres of hill ascent and mental challenges along the way, through the Peak District.
Our teams not only won first place for fundraising but also came second in the team trek and puzzle solving event and were awarded third place overall by judges. The teams also came third in the shelter building taskafter constructing makeshift accommodation from cardboard and plastic tubing and a pond liner. Special thanks go to MES Interiors, who provided the cardboard tubes for the shelters.
To raise the funds, our teams held company wide events; took part in a sponsored bike ride and collected donations from suppliers and contractors – Key Logic Ltd, Devonshires Solicitors, Caltech CRM, Knights Developments Ltd, Castle Computer Services Ltd, B3 Living, VerseOne Technologies Ltd, Edmunson Electrical Ltd and Topcoat Construction Ltd.
David Hart, Director of Resources, said: “We had a huge amount of fun, found out a lot about ourselves and made a very significant contribution to the fantastic work carried out by Habitat for Humanity. The temporary weekend shelters we built are the real life homes for millions around the world which was a very humbling experience.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped us raise the funds and who made the weekend such a success.”