Gleeds raises £170,000 in five day global charity challenge

Gleeds has raised £170,000 for a total of 81 charities in one week. In an initiative to celebrate Gleeds’ 130th year in business, the organisation launched its ‘Global Challenge’ campaign to fundraise £130,000 between Monday 21st and Friday 25th September.

Staff across Gleeds’ 56 international offices volunteered for one day during Gleeds’ Challenge Week to participate in office fundraising challenges in support of locally nominated charities. Activities ranged from the vertigo-inducing to the stamina-defying, as staff launched themselves off London’s Broadgate Tower, jumped out of planes, cycled non-stop for 24 hours and conquered Snowdon, to name but a few.

Gleeds Ambassador, Sir Steve Redgrave, joined fundraisers on Lake Windermere in Cumbria to compete in the team’s charity triathlon event in support of Cancer Research UK. Gleeds’ Global Challenge coincided with the 15th anniversary of Redgrave’s fifth and final gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

Reflecting on what it was like getting back on the water to commemorate this special milestone, Sir Steve Redgrave said: “It was certainly a memorable way to celebrate! I was completely blown away by the amount of effort and thought that had gone into all of the office challenges, so I was delighted to hear that Gleeds has beaten its fundraising goal by such a significant amount.”

Having exceeded its target by £40,000, Gleeds is hopeful that it can bump its 2015 charitable donations up even further by the end of the year.

Commenting on the business’ achievement, Chairman for Gleeds Worldwide Richard Steer, said: “I hadn’t imagined the Global Challenge could be as successful as this. When I was thinking about what sort of fundraising target we should set ourselves, £130,000 in a week sounded pretty ambitious. To have exceeded by such a distance – with money still coming in! – is truly exceptional. I’d like to offer my thanks to our clients and friends in the industry who have supported us with their donations and encouragement.” 

To find out more about the fundraising activities that took place throughout the week, visit