The trophy for the winners of the Tour de Bellway has been presented to the Bellway Essex division by Christine Townley, Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust.
The final total raised from the fundraising efforts of Bellway Homes in aid of Construction Youth Trust was an impressive £18,000 from across all 17 divisions which took part.
Earlier this year enthusiastic employees took part in ‘Tour De Bellway’ by cycling on static bikes with the ultimate goal of travelling 900 miles, the distance of a journey visiting every divisional Bellway office starting in Scotland and finishing at Cardiff. Dividing the distance equally, each Bellway division was set a target of 53 miles. The division who reached their target in the quickest time were Essex with a very respectable time of 1 hour 49 minutes.
This year Bellway Homes announced Construction Youth Trust as one of its celebrated charities. The Trust is close to the hearts of Bellway employees, many of whom themselves began their careers through training and apprenticeships with the company. Speaking about the partnership, Bellway CEO Ted Ayres commented:
“Through fundraising and events we aim to support the work of the Trust and help to ensure that they can continue to provide training and support for those looking to join the construction industry.”
Working with young people between the ages of 14-30, Construction Youth Trust provides access to training and employment to those who lack adequate entry level training, where there is a local skills need, in deprived communities and with specific social groups.
Construction Youth Trust Executive Director, Christine Townley said about the partnership:
“We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of Bellway. It’s so important that our work is closely linked to construction employers. The donation from Bellway and Bellway staff will help us to help more young people develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to build their own better futures”
This fundraising day was just the first in a year-long partnership between Bellway and Construction Youth Trust, with more fundraising initiatives planned for early next year.