Gleeds' office in Nottingham takes on £130,000 charity challenge

Gleeds has officially launched a charity challenge to raise £130,000 for good causes around the world in five days - one pound for every year the organisation has been in business.

From Monday 21st September to Friday 25th September 1500 staff across Gleeds’ 56 international offices will volunteer one working day in the week to participate in local fundraising events.

220 staff from Gleeds’ offices in Wilford will be ditching their day jobs on Friday 25th September in a bid to raise a total of £20,000 for three Nottingham charities. Two consultants from the firm have got fundraising savvy by uniting local businesses in one fundraiser to support homeless charity Framework, bereavement charitable trust Forever Stars and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre.

60 representatives from Nottingham’s property industry - including CMPG, CouchPerryWilkes, Curtins and Elliott Wood - will compete in battle of lateral thinking, local knowledge and stamina to strike gold in Gleeds’ charity treasure hunt around the city centre.

Ashley Cowdry from CouchPerryWilkes, who sponsored first prize, said: “We are really looking forward to the treasure hunt. Gleeds is very committed to promoting strong local relationships, and this is a great example of that. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with our allies, strengthen bonds, and no doubt have a giggle too. We're proud to be part of it, and pleased to be able to help support Gleeds' charity partners.”

Other fundraisers have opted to put their fitness levels and stamina to the test in a series of sporting challenges including a sponsored fancy dress rock climb, hosted by ‘This Girl Can’ ambassador Lianne Harrold, and a charity bike ride to Rutland Water.

Gleeds Director Anthony Cork, who will be peddling a 90-mile roundtrip from Nottingham to Rutland, said: “The idea behind our Global Challenge is to give something back to the communities we work in around the world. Here in Nottingham, we’ve found that not only has it inspired people to push themselves out of their comfort zone, it’s also brought people together. Working towards a common goal for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, has been really humbling and has motivated us all to want to beat our £20,000 fundraising target.”