Bloor Homes team rises to new peaks with housebuilder fundraising challenge

By Jessica Durston - 7 November 2022

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  • (L-R) Frank Caruso, Kieran Furphy, Ian Gazzard, Tom Legg and Matt Watson from Bloor Homes’ South West region took on the Housebuilder Challenge in the Peak District to raise money for the Youth Adventure Trust Team.

    (L-R) Frank Caruso, Kieran Furphy, Ian Gazzard, Tom Legg and Matt Watson from Bloor Homes’ South West region took on the Housebuilder Challenge in the Peak District to raise money for the Youth Adventure Trust Team.

A team from Bloor Homes Swindon recently completed the Housebuilder Challenge 2022, walking a challenging route in the Peak District whilst raising funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.

The team walked the first section of the Pennine Way in the Peak District whilst raising £3,177 for the charity Youth Adventure Trust.

Overall, the event raised £125,000 for the Youth Adventure Trust which helps young people aged 11-16 in Wiltshire and Swindon fulfil their potential, build resilience, and lead positive lives through an outdoor adventure-based Youth Adventure Programme and mentoring scheme.

Ian Gazzard, Tom Legg, Frank Caruso, Matthew Watson and Kieran Furphy, all from the housebuilder’s Design and Technical Team, were supported by Bloor Homes who paid for their accommodation in Castleton at the start of the Challenge and in Sheffield where the evening event was held.

The company also covered their travel fuel costs.

Teams of four to six people from across the house building sector and wider industries came together to raise much-needed funds to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people who face hurdles in their everyday lives - many of which the Trust says can often seem overwhelming.

By giving young people a real chance to change and by helping them to believe they can have an influence on their own future, the Trust says it aims to equip them with the resilience to overcome their challenges, enabling them to develop confidence, independence and the ability to flourish, despite difficulties. 

Gary Male, Design and Technical Director at Bloor Homes, said: “As a work team we often walk together at lunchtime, and as dog owners we are all keen walkers as well, so when the opportunity to take part in a worthwhile challenge in support of a local charity arose, we decided to do it. 

“Unfortunately, I had to pull out a week before due to a foot injury, but I was cheering the rest of the team on – it was great to see their photos.  A huge thank you goes to Bloor Homes for kindly supporting us with the costs for the event as well.”

For more information about the work of the Youth Adventure Trust people can visit: www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk

For more information about Bloor Homes, individuals can visit www.bloorhomes.com

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