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Chesterfield Training Provider On Track For Fundraising Target

Posted on Oct 18, 2018

Construction Skills People’s Stuart Brown with his medal, having completed the Shine Night Walk London to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Chesterfield-based construction training provider, Construction Skills People (CSP), is well on its way to reaching its fundraising target of £10,000 in 2018/19, thanks to the efforts of its employees who have carried out a host of gruelling activities on behalf of a quartet of worthy causes.

With just shy of £5,000 already in the bag – 50% of which has been raised by staff members, which was further matched by the business – the most recent challenge saw CSP’s Internal Quality Assurer, Stuart Brown, take on the 26.2 mile Shine Night Walk London to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Completing the daunting task in just over 11 hours, Stuart managed to raise an impressive £546, which was doubled by CSP.

This adds to the rapidly rising figure, which now sits at 50% of the company’s target; with £1391 already donated to Ashgate Hospicecare – the company’s official charity of the year – and £2200 helping to fund vital machinery for the Nottingham Breast Institute.

Commenting on his recent efforts at the Shine Night Walk London, Stuart Brown, said: “I initially signed up as a personal challenge as I hate walking, but I also knew that I could raise some money for a worthwhile cause.

“I took on the challenge with four other friends. We started at 9.50pm on the Saturday night, and completed it in 11 hours and nine minutes which wasn’t bad considering there was torrential rain and winds for the last six or seven miles.

“I’m delighted that my employer was able to match the money I raised, and I am proud of what we’ve managed to raise so far this year as a company.”

CSP Client Services Director, Stuart Anderson, said: “This is a fantastic amount raised for very worthwhile causes, and so we’re really proud of all our employees. We wanted to contribute to the effort they put in, so we are very proud to bolster donations.

“This latest fundraising initiative takes our total raised for the year to just a few pounds under the £5000 mark, and we are looking forward to further bolstering that figure in the coming months.

“We hope we can take that number up to £10,000 by April.”

To date, CSP employees have raised funds for Ashgate Hospice with sponsored walks and bake sales, a Sparkle Night Walk, and a ‘Woofs and Wellies’ sponsored walk, with the money raised going towards supporting the families of people with life threatening or terminal illness.

One employee also took part in a gruelling 19-hour, 200 mile bike ride from Edinburgh to Newcastle to raise funds for the Nottingham Breast Institute.

Every penny raised by employees has been matched by CSP, totalling £4992 to date.

Established in 2008, CSP is the leading provider of vocational construction qualifications and training courses across the UK.