Southampton businesses unite over the beautiful game to help raise £130,000 for Gleeds charity challenge

In a bid to help raise £130,000 for charity, staff in Gleeds’ Southampton office challenged local property and construction companies to a game of 5-aside football to raise money for children’s charity, the Rainbow Centre.

Over 50 businessmen and women met at Southampton Test Park last Friday to compete for the coveted ‘Gleeds Cup’. 10 teams battled it out until finalists Gleeds and White Young Green (WYG) were left to settle the score. WYG left victorious after beating the defending Gleeds team 4-1.

The football tournament was one in a series of events taking place under the banner of the ‘Gleeds Global Challenge’. Between Monday 21st September and Friday 25th September 1500 staff across Gleeds’ 56 international offices volunteered one working day to participate in local fundraising events in an attempt to raise £130,000 for charity in one week - one hundred pounds for every year the organisation has been in business.

Having put their dribbling skills to the test, fundraisers caught their breath during a celebratory BBQ at the end of the day and tried their luck in the charity raffle, hosted by the Rainbow Trust. In total fundraisers raised in excess of £2,000.

Speaking about the event, Gleeds’ director for Southampton Tony Deacon, said: “It was wonderful to come together with friends and colleagues from across the industry, for what ended up being a highly competitive and fun day out! But most importantly, all of the businesses involved have contributed to an incredibly worthy cause.”

The Rainbow Centre supports children with Cerebral Palsy and adults suffering from the effects of strokes, MS, Parkinson’s and adult Cerebral Palsy. Using a system of learning called ‘Conductive Education’, the charity encourages and teaches patients to take an active role in their own development.

Emma Bazeley, Corporate Fundraiser from the Rainbow Centre added: “We are delighted that Gleeds have chosen to support The Rainbow Centre. Several of our children and adults come from Southampton, so these local construction businesses will be helping transform the lives of those affected by neurological conditions in the local area.”

So far, the Gleeds Global Challenge has raised in excess of £100,000 with fundraising tallies still flooding in from Gleeds’ international offices.