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Willmott Dixon Managing Director, London & South, Roger Forsdyke has recently announced details of the group’s London & South Challenge 2021 – Together we Climb – which he is encouraging his teams to get involved in to raise money for Chestnut Tree House.
“Like many people, we had to cancel our plans last year,” explains Roger Forsdyke, “but I’m keen for everyone to engage in the 2021 challenge which will see us cover 100,000 miles together.
“This is not a normal year so we can’t have a normal challenge. This year, we’ve set a target of 100,000 miles to cover together while we’re apart, which works out at an average of 444 miles each. We’re asking people to pick a challenge in a team, which could involve rowing at home, cycling, skipping, walking up and down the stairs, and commit to doing a certain number of miles over the next six months. Hopefully we will also be able to climb Scarfell later in the year too, subject to coronavirus restrictions.
“The main reason for this challenge is to bring us all together, but I’m also encouraging teams to raise money for Chestnut Tree House. It’s a charity close to our hearts and we want to continue to support however we can.”
Committed to having a purpose beyond profit, Willmott Dixon (London & South) have supported Chestnut Tree House since 2014. The construction company has several projects across Sussex and Hampshire and are inspired by the families who utilise Chestnut Tree House’s care services. Many of the Willmott Dixon team live in the local vicinity and have built strong relationships with Chestnut Tree House, understanding the difference their fundraising and support makes.
Since 2014, the Willmott Dixon London & South teams have raised an incredible £819,000 for Chestnut Tree House, as well as offering their time and skills, by volunteering and organising special experiences for the children.
Their main fundraiser has always been an annual corporate challenge. In 2016, this involved over 100 members of staff scaling the heights of Helvellyn and Scafell Pike in the Lake District, cycling over 200 miles and marathon walks, to raise £103,500. In 2017, they took this one step further and alongside a 100-mile road cycle, over 60 people hiked 54 miles along the South Downs Way in 24 hours, raising £143,850. 2018 saw the team taking on their biggest and hottest challenge to date, joined by their supply chain, this challenge took them across the Jurassic Coast to raise even more funds to support us. Their challenges were also supplemented on a day-to-day basis by more traditional fundraising initiatives like dress-down days, Bake Off competitions, and collections.
Sarah Colborne, Head of Events and Community Engagement at Chestnut Tree House said: “On behalf of all of us at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Willmott Dixon. I’ve seen first-hand how the team push themselves on challenges – they throw themselves wholeheartedly into everything they do and really go the extra mile. I’m sure this virtual ‘Together we Climb’ challenge will be no different in that respect.
“The amount of money the team have raised over the years is incredible, but their legacy goes way beyond that. They have taken the time to really understand and engage with what we do, and the children and families we care for. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Willmott Dixon for years to come.
“Support like this is what makes children’s hospice care possible. Thank you.”