A team made up of our colleagues and some friends embarked on the demanding Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last month, raising money for two vital charities – The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Place2Be.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves a round trip route spanning 24 miles (38.6km), featuring an ascent of 1,585 metres (5,200ft) across the peaks of Pen-y-Ghen (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres).
On 23 June, our team of 17 banded together to take on the challenge and raise funds for our two chosen mental wellbeing charities – and we have now surpassed the target of £10,000.
We have a strong working partnership with The Lighthouse Charity, whose work involves providing emotional, physical and financial support for construction workers and their families.
Ryan O'Loughlin has been a Trustee of the charity since 2021 and has now worked with them on several initiatives to help raise funds. The services they provide to support industry workers include phone and messaging helplines, a self-support app and mental health awareness training.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Charity, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Henry Boot Construction team for their fantastic fundraising efforts. These funds will go a long way and help make difference to a construction family in need. This fundraising also comes on top of their commitment to an annual pledge through our Company Supporter programme, so we are truly grateful for their ongoing support.”
The money raised will also go to support another of our chosen charity partners, Place2Be.
Place2Be works with schools to enhance the social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of children and young individuals during their crucial formative years. By offering support during these early developmental stages, the charity helps prevent life-long mental health issues and equips children to overcome challenges throughout their lives, ensuring they can reach their full potential.
Jacqui Segal, Director of Fundraising at Place2Be, said: “On behalf of everyone at Place2Be, we are so grateful to Henry Boot Construction for taking on this incredible challenge. The funds raised will allow us to provide our vital and pioneering whole-school approach to mental health in more schools across the UK.
Now into the second year in partnership together, the ongoing support and commitment from Henry Boot is truly appreciated especially at a time when children and their families, as well as teachers and school communities, face enormous challenges in everyday life.”
As well as raising money for these two inspiring charities and encouraging physical wellbeing, we at Henry Boot Construction have found that taking part in social value and charity initiatives has other benefits.
We’re really proud of our fundraisers for completing the Three Peaks Challenge. In addition to supporting two remarkable charities, these occasions have proven to be a great boost for increasing employee morale and improving team camaraderie. We would like to thank everybody that donated to the cause, your contributions made this fantastic total happen.
We know that many recent reports have shown that mental health is a serious issue within in the construction industry, especially when it comes to young men who are often reluctant to ask for help. We are truly determined to do all we can to counter these issues and our work with both Lighthouse and Place2Be has been a really positive step over the last three years.
The Lighthouse Charity and Place2Be both mean a lot to us at Henry Boot Construction so we are so proud to be able to further support them with this £10,000. We would like to thank everybody that donated to the cause, your contribution
Ryan O'Loughlin, Director