Jewson completed the ’Taking on the Thames’ challenge on October 14, raising money for its two charity partners, Band of Builders and Barnardo’s.
44 Jewson team members undertook the 26.2-mile walk, which started at the Jewson Staines branch on Gresham Road at 7am, and ended at London’s O2 Arena later that day. The route snaked along the Thames, calling at Jewson Acton (Horn Lane) and Jewson Lambeth along the way for well-needed rests and supplies.
Band of Builders has been a Jewson charity partner since 2016, with the money raised to date being used to help people working in the construction industry who are dealing with challenging emotional or financial circumstances.
Jewson has been partnered with Barnardo’s since 2017 and helped to co-develop the ‘Futurebuild’ YouthBuild Training Academy, which donates money, equipment, construction materials and expertise to help the academy teach trade skills to young people leaving care.
Kris Winters, London regional director at Jewson, said: “We’re so proud of everyone who took on this challenge as part of our fundraising efforts for both charities. It was a real challenge that was absolutely worthwhile given the money and awareness we raised for both Band of Builders and Barnardo’s.
“They are incredible charities that offer invaluable help and support to those in need. We appreciate any and every donation; every penny counts and helped us to stay motivated throughout the walk!”
Gavin Crane, CEO at Band of Builders, said: “In 2021 alone, Jewson colleagues and customers helped us raise more than £100,000. We wouldn’t be able to offer the support we do without its incredible charitable efforts, so thank you to everyone who took part – it was great to see you all.”
Patrick Griffiths, head of corporate fundraising at Barnardo’s, added: “The support we’ve received from Jewson over the years has been amazing and the team continues to excel in its effort to raise awareness of our services and drive funds. Well done to everyone who took part on Friday!”