Employees at Redrow’s South East division recently hit the road for a 132 mile cycle ride across Kent raising in excess of £13,000 for local downs syndrome charity, 21 Together, and the Royal British Legion.
Ten staff from commercial, buying, technical, planning and construction plotted a route that involved visiting all ten of Redrow’s developments in the county. With first timers and experienced cyclists taking part, it proved to be a great team bonding exercise for these worthy causes with great morale which the odd puncture didn’t manage to deflate!
The group headed off from Ebbsfleet Green, where Redrow is delivering 950 new homes as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, before cycling for two days across the Kent countryside via sites as far east as Herne Bay. On day two as the team headed back to the head office in Chatham they stopped off at the Royal British Legion Village, where Redrow’s The Lawns development sits.
Mike Tynan, Area Construction Manager at Redrow (South East), comments: “21 Together and the Royal British Legion branch in Aylesford have an incredibly important role in the local community. It has been so gratifying to see how many people have donated and it is fantastic that we have been able to reach our fundraising target of £10,000.
“I have also been totally blown away by the support of my colleagues at Redrow, I didn’t even imagine I would have nine of them join me on this cycle ride. It’s a great feeling to have their support especially as 21 Together plays a particularly important role in my family’s life and I know how much difference the money will make to the services they can provide.”
Johanna Aiyathurai, 21 Together, comments: “21 Together are delighted that Redrow Homes have included us in their amazing challenge. As a small local charity their support will make a huge impact on our work. We are a volunteer led charity that support people with Down’s syndrome, their families and the professionals that support them. We provide access to vital speech and language groups, holiday sessions and a robust training programme for carers and professionals. Our community would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved.”
The event took place at the end of September and the team’s initial fundraising target of £10,000 was exceeded with fantastic support from all staff, suppliers, contractors, consultants and site workers who all paid to work on the Sittingbourne site on the day of the ride. This will be divided equally between the two chosen charities. If you would like to show your support for the Redrow team and donate to both of these fantastic charities you can do so via the fundraising page.