Last month Redrow hosted its biggest annual Charity Challenge to date, where the Lord Mayor of Exeter opened the event which saw every one of Redrow’s West Country sales sites take part in a four-day running, walking and cycling extravaganza spanning Devon and Cornwall.
The Charity Challenge started with a 5km run from Redrow’s West Country head office in Pynes Hill, with other highlights of the Challenge including the 100 mile cycle from Redrow’s College Park development in Bideford to Mellior Park in Cornwall and a further 112 mile cycle the following day to Stanbury Meadows in Newton Abbot. Walkers worked up a sweat trekking along the Exe Estuary from Warren Grove in Dawlish to Bishops Court in Exeter, as crowds of supporters cheered participants over the finish line in Pynes Hill for the finishing party.
The Charity Challenge, in aid of Get Changed and Devon Freewheelers, generated £11,500 for the charities raised by generous sponsors and donations, and all profits from the bar at the finishing party went directly to the charities. Sponsors of the event included Clarkson Evans, Steve Hosking construction, Sliding Doors & Windows, and D & W.
Sean Papworth, Head of Customer Services at Redrow (West Country) and organiser of the Charity Challenge commented: “Our key focus this year was to get all of our West Country sites involved in the Charity Challenge, and from the record turnout this year I think we’ve been successful in doing so!”
Sean continued: “We had over 60 people participate in the event including staff, contractors, and other businesses – more than ever before – so we’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone who gave up their time and worked up a sweat to raise funds for two very worthy charities.”
Electrical contractor Clarkson Evans, which wires new homes built by Redrow in the West Country from its Exeter, Barnstaple and Plymouth branches, was keen to lend support by sponsoring Stages 1 and 2 of the BIG Charity Challenge.
Managing Director Nathan Evans said: “Several of our staff volunteered to take part in the 5km run and half marathon to support the Redrow team in their charity efforts – they have collectively pulled out all the stops to raise as much money as possible for two Devon good causes.”
Before the Charity Challenge, Redrow had already raised £32,008 for Get Changed and £7,464 for Devon Freewheelers from other charitable activities. The most recent activity included the annual Charity Golf Day held at Woodbury Park Golf Club in July which saw a record 96 players take part, comprising Redrow staff and subcontractors, and raised £6,535 split between both charities.
Redrow West Country are currently selling new homes across the region at the following locations: Bishops Court, The Harringtons, and Saxon Brook in Exeter, Stanbury Meadows and The Greens in Newton Abbot, Moorland Reach in Kingsteignton, Glenwood Park in Barnstaple, College Park in Bideford, Otter Grange in Ottery St Mary, Warren Grove and The Copse in Dawlish, Mellior Park in Pool and Vision and Hillcrest in Plymouth.