STAFF from a Warwickshire house-builder have taken a hike – or two – for charity.
A team from from David Wilson Homes Mercia joined forces with divisions across the country to take part in the second annual Big Barratt Hike, put together by parent company Barratt Developments PLC.
The event raised money for The Outward Bound Trust – which funds outdoor learning for young people – and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Participants collectively covered 570 miles, with the local team raising £25,000 for the charities which, with efforts from other fund-raisers and Barratt’s promise to match the amount raised, will be doubled to £50,000.
Due to social distancing measures, Barratt Developments adapted this year’s fund-raiser by making it virtual. This meant each team member would take part in their own hike and add the distance covered to Strava, an exercise tracking app, to calculate the overall total.
David Wilson MD Dominic Harman said: “In a time when many things are uncertain, we are extremely proud of our colleagues that took part in this year’s Big Barratt Hike.
“Their dedication to taking on the virtual challenge has resulted in an incredible amount of money being raised for each charity, and we know this donation will support them in continuing their important work.”
The funds raised by the Big Barratt Hike means nearly 1,500 young people can experience an outdoor learning adventure this academic year. It could also help fund the Macmillan Support Line Centre for four months.
Visit www.macmillan.org.uk or www.outwardbound.org.uk for more information about the charities’ work.