Employees from Vistry South East have completed an epic 20-mile trek through the Peak District in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust.
Two teams from the Caterham-based region of the national housebuilder Vistry Group embarked upon the charity’s annual Housebuilder Challenge in September, raising a combined total of £5,000.
The 12 Vistry staff members made up two of the 45 teams from housebuilding companies across the country that took part in the event for the trust, which helps vulnerable young people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Walkers set off from Castleton in the early hours of the morning and trekked northwards via Edale to the finish at Torside Reservoir near Glossop. The punishing route included a total ascent of 1,154 metres and took in the three highest peaks in the national park – Kinder Scout, Higher Shelf Stones, and Bleaklow.
The two Vistry teams completed the challenge in second and 20th places, after finishing the gruelling challenge in five hours 56 minutes and nine hours 15 minutes respectively.
Alex Jordan, regional managing director of Vistry South East, took part in the challenge. He said:
“This was a hugely exciting challenge for our employees to embark on and I’m extremely proud of everyone who took part.
“Both our teams felt a great sense of achievement after completing the trek and raising a fantastic amount of money for a deserving charity.
“The Youth Adventure Trust does amazing work helping young people to challenge themselves, grow in confidence and experience success, all while having fun in the great outdoors.
“The charity’s ethos was a real inspiration to our two teams as they set off at 5.30am for an arduous climb up the three highest mountains in the Peak District. Thankfully, the weather was kind and it was a great experience for our employees who were all very relieved to reach the finish.”
The Youth Adventure Trust has been supporting 11 to 16-year-olds in Wiltshire and Swindon since 1992.
The charity helps up to 360 young people each year develop resilience, confidence and skills through its three-year Youth Adventure Programme, which involves residential camps and activity days.
The trust’s Housebuilder Challenge is now in its fourth year and has raised over £400,000 to date. More information about the charity can be found at https://www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk/.
Vistry South East is building new properties under the Linden Homes and Bovis Homes brands at developments in Surrey, Kent, Sussex and London.