It’s been a year of climbing, canoeing, baking, cycling, and much more – and Selwood were delighted to end 2021 by handing over a huge £75,000 to good causes as they wrapped up their Selwood #75for75 challenge.
Through a combination of the awesome efforts of Selwood’s teams and a top-up donation from the company, they reached the ambitious target they set themselves to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Selwood.
Every single penny raised will go to local good causes nominated by team members at Selwood branches around the UK. It’s the largest amount they’ve ever raised in the biggest fundraiser they’ve ever organised, involving scores of their exceptional team members throwing themselves into a huge range of activities.
Richard Brown, Selwood CEO, who took part in a wing-walking challenge to play his part in the fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled to be distributing £75,000 to deserving causes and be making a real difference to them, especially this year as many continue to struggle with the challenges of the pandemic.
“We couldn’t have done this without the commitment of Selwood people around the country, who embraced #75for75 wholeheartedly. I would like to thank them all for their efforts, and also offer our sincere thanks to every single person and organisation that supported us with donations and encouragement. It’s the perfect way to end the year.”
The roster of #75for75 activities carried out by Selwood employees is far too long to list in full. Some of them included:
- A Three Peaks Challenge which saw participants scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, battling 32-degree heat to complete all three in under 26 hours.
- A canoeing challenge on the River Wye – a journey of more than 80 miles taking in torrential rain, and high winds over four exhausting days.
- A barbecue at head office in Chandlers Ford, which saw guests enjoying burgers and brownies and raising over £400.
- A “virtual cycle ride” around our Southern branches by their London branch team – covering the 1,097 miles from Dartford to Bedford to Great Yarmouth to Nottingham, on to Birmingham, to Bridgend and back via Bristol, Saltash. Weymouth, Chandlers Ford and Bracknell. Their Liverpool team carried out a similar challenge, covering more than 300 miles!
- A 19-hour golf challenge covering 72 holes!
- A walk along the Clarendon Way from Salisbury Cathedral to Winchester – a mammoth 27 miles.
- Afternoon tea at their Glasgow branch – including the raffle of a cake in the style of a Selwood lorry.
- Individuals taking on cycle rides, the Peak District Challenge, and a commitment to walk a mile a day for a month.
They are now in the process of distributing the funds to charities.