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Willmott Dixon South Downs Walk Raises £10,000

Richard Poulter, managing director of Willmott Dixon, dropped by the Building for the Future Plus office this week to present a cheque for £10,000 to our charity.

Back in September Richard and his colleagues from all different departments within the south east construction company took part in the ‘South Downs Way Challenge’.

Scores of individuals either walked or cycled 60, 30 or 11 miles – many throughout the night and without a break – to raise funds for our charity.

At the presentation evening following the mammoth event a total of £8759 had already been donated in sponsorship for these walkers and cyclers’ hard efforts.

Jane Holmes was there to walk the last 5K with the fundraisers.

She said:

“If I had arms long enough I would hug you all. It’s just incredible what you have done for us, thank you so, so much.

“The donations mean so much to our charity. We are desperate to expand. I’ve had numerous conversations with Willmott Dixon about this. We are so grateful for the support, the advice and general encouragement we’ve had from you guys and thank you for the last day and thank you to those people who got up early in the morning and thank you for the people who set off yesterday afternoon and thank you to the people who have done the 10K! I did four miles today and I’m absolutely shattered. We are beyond grateful. Thank you.”

Richard Poulter in his presentation speech said:

“Why do we do it? For lots of reasons really. Mainly for Building For The Future and it’s also about teambuilding and creating some memories, camaraderie.

“Loads of you have done lots of walking and cycling and in total you have covered the equivalent of walking or cycling from here to Moscow, which is pretty amazing.

“You should absolutely be proud of yourselves. It takes a huge amount of effort. It’s not just what you see here today and what you experienced but the whole build-up to it. I know there’s a massive amount of effort that goes on behind it - the support team are really important - so I know the walkers and the cyclists would want to thank them as well.

“We have currently raised £8759 which is really amazing, isn’t it.”

The final total of the day’s fundraising amounted to £10,000 which Richard presented to Jane Holmes, CEO of Building for the Future, on December 1st.

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