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Generous contractors boost Big Half fundraising total

Posted on 19 March 2019

As part of our drive to increase social value contributions from our supply chain, Group Chief Executive, Elaine Bailey, was delighted to welcome two of our contractors to Hyde’s head office to celebrate the achievements of our Big Half marathon runners, along with all those who took part. More than 50 Hyde colleagues braved extremely wet and windy weather to complete the 13.1 mile run through London to raise money for Hyde Charitable Trust’s new Breaking Barriers bursary. 

Darryl Goldring, Group Managing Director at Cleanscapes and Groundscapes, presented Elaine with a cheque for £1,000 and said: “It is refreshing to work with an organisation that doesn’t treat social value as a tick box exercise. As a business, we like to be part of the communities we work in. Thanks for the opportunity to get involved in a great cause – and thank you for not making me run!”. 

James Cousins, Regeneration Director at ENGIE, also handed over a generous donation of £1,000. He said: “We have seen a visible impact with how Hyde operates, bringing contractors in to do the right thing. It is really exciting to be involved.”

“The Breaking Barriers bursary will enable us to help residents aged 16-24 to a brighter future,” explained Head of Hyde Foundation Jahanara Rajkoomar. “Many live in households with low incomes and face other challenges preventing them from achieving their potential. The fund will help to pay for travel expenses to college, training or work and exam fees.”

Legal organisation Capsticks also contributed £150 to the Breaking Barriers fund, and two runners from Gully Howard Technical - Philip Sloan and Oliver Evans – joined Team Hyde in the race.