Trainees from independent builders merchant JT Dove have put themselves on the starting line of a challenging race recently to raise money for CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Fund).
The charity, which raises funds for the children’s heart unit at the Freeman Hospitial in Heaton, held its first and hugely successful run and family fun day recently in which the six took part.
The builders merchant paid for the trainees to enter the 5km race, which wound its way from Paddy Freeman Field across a tough route through the picturesque Jesmond Dene in the North East of England. As part of their challenge the trainees, who are aged between 18 and 23 and are all from the North East, were asked to fund raise for the charity.
Jack Dinsdale, Richard Farish, Mark Lowes, Ben Turnbull, David Hyde and Dan Maguire raised £691.32 for the charity, which was matched by the generous employer bringing the total to £1382.64.
Ivan Hollingsworth, trustee of the charity, said: “This kind of corporate support is exactly what CHUF needs. Individual fundraisers are very appreciated, and make a huge difference. If all of those fundraiser were match funded by their employers we would be flying! Thank you so much to the six runners. It wasn’t an easy course but I hope you enjoyed it. Huge thanks to Dove for encouraging them to take part and for supporting their fundraising efforts!”
Steve Robinson, managing director of Dove, which has 15 branches across the region, instigated the trainees taking part after attending a CHUF fundraisers event at Hotel Indigo.
He said: “It seemed like such a good cause I was keen to get the company involved. The unit saves lives and it is important that the work of CHUF continues and thrives.”