National Buying Group (NBG) chairman, David Szymanski will cycle from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to support disadvantaged students.
Szymanski, a well-known figure in the construction industry, was previously managing director of Hanson Building Products and a former non-executive director of the Building Research Establishment. He is undertaking the journey as part of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers Charitable Trust’s charity appeal.
The ride, which began on May 22 and finishes on May 31, will see Szymanski stop at locations including Wookey Hole in Somerset, Ludlow, Wigan, Penrith and Fort Augustus, with the aim of gathering support from National Buying Group’s UK-wide network of Partners along the way.
Szymanski will be contributing to the Charitable Trust’s main charitable focus – sponsoring the education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at Christ’s Hospital, a leading West Sussex school – and has set up a JustGiving page to support his efforts.
David Szymanski said: “Though I hadn’t initially planned for this to be a charity ride, I soon realised I could do what I loved while raising money for a cause close to my heart.”
“The journey will undoubtedly be daunting, but I am hoping to be spurred on by plenty of NBG colleagues along the way.”
Szymanski added: “Giving money to charity is always worthwhile, but it is often difficult to judge how monies are being used effectively.”
“However, financially supporting specific individuals in this way makes it clear what good is being done, as it has a profound effect on those involved. This is why I have chosen to support this very worthwhile cause, and would encourage my colleagues in the building and roofing industries, including those at NBG, to consider giving me their support in whatever way they can.”