Gleeds Global Challenge at Waterhead

Waterhead is thrilled to welcome teams from Gleeds, international property and construction consultancy, who are celebrating an incredible 130 years in business. 

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Gleeds Global Challenge

To mark this significant anniversary, Gleeds have set themselves the target of raising £130,000, a thousand pounds for every year, towards good causes around the world. Between 21st and 25th September, from the Czech Republic to China, San Fransisco to Southampton, 1,500 team members from their 56 global offices, have volunteered one working day to participate in local fundraising events. With the money raised from the meticulously planned and executed host of activities, they hope to touch the  lives of worthy recipients around the globe.

Celebrating an Olympic Anniversary

Sir Steve and the Gleeds team getting ready to take to the water for their Charity Challenge
Sir Steve and the team take to the water for their Charity Challenge. Photo Credit: RGB Photography

Gleeds Ambassador and five times Olympic champion, Sir Steve Redgrave took to the water on Friday, 25th to support the Gleeds Warrington and Whitehaven triathlon troopers.The date marks the milestone anniversary of his final gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

I can’t quite believe that 15 years have flown by since the Sydney Olympics, but what a way to celebrate – particularly in such magnificent surroundings!

Alongside Sir Steve, sixty-five fundraisers ran, cycled or swam in the Lake District Triathlon. Their fundraising target for the day was £10,000 to support Cancer Research UK and the local Mountain Rescue teams. The fundraisers then enjoyed a well-deserved celebratory meal at Waterhead.

Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel

Charity Champion

We’ve nominated Kirsty Dunlop of Gleeds, Warrington as our stand-out Charity Champion! Kirsty is the office administrator at Gleeds Warrington and for the past few weeks has also been organising the Lake District Triathlon and who, despite the monumental breadth of the task, has remained cheerful and congenial throughout.

As well as organising the event, Kirsty will also be taking part in the challenge, with Sir Steve.
As well as organising the event, Kirsty will also be taking part in the challenge, with Sir Steve. Photo Credit: RGB Photography

I first heard about the Global Challenge during a Business Briefing in Warrington and loved the idea of it. Next thing you know, I’m pitching the event to our Warrington office staff and planning the event!

We had an amazing response! I’ts completely different from anything else we usually do in the office, so people latched onto it. The running and walking sparked interest straight away, and slowly people came round to the canoeing, swimming and cycling.

It was Gleeds Director, Stuart Ball, who first suggested a triathlon. Already an active outdoor enthusiast, he encouraged his colleagues to practice together during lunch-breaks and after work.

Not only is it rewarding to know that we’re helping support two very worthy causes, the challenge has also had an incredible impact on morale, it’s really brought people together.

On behalf of all at English Lakes, congratulations to all Gleeds employees who took part in the Lake District Triathlon – a really inspirational effort!

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